Gabriel García Márquez: A Life

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Vintage Books, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 642 pages
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In this exhaustive and enlightening biography--nearly two decades in the making--Gerald Martin dexterously traces the life and times of one of the twentieth century's greatest literary titans, Nobel Prize-winner Gabriel Garc a M rquez.
 
Martin chronicles the particulars of an extraordinary life, from his upbringing in backwater Colombia and early journalism career, to the publication of One Hundred Years of Solitude at age forty, and the wealth and fame that followed. Based on interviews with more than three hundred of Garcia Marquez's closest friends, family members, fellow authors, and detractors--as well as the many hours Martin spent with 'Gabo' himself--the result is a revelation of both the writer and the man. It is as gripping as any of Gabriel Garc a M rquez's powerful journalism, as enthralling as any of his acclaimed and beloved fiction.

 

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Contents

From Origins Obscure 18001899
3
Of Colonels and Lost Causes 18991927 13
15
The House at Aracataca 19271928
30
Holding His Grandfathers Hand 19291937
45
Barranquilla Sucre Zipaquira 19381946
63
The University Student and the Bogotazo 19471948
93
An Apprentice Journalist
108
Barranquilla a Bookseller and a Bohemian Group
125
Escape to Mexico 19611964
262
One Hundred Years of Solitude
295
Fame at Last 19661967
303
The Autumn of
336
Garcia Marquez Opts
361
Chronicle of a Death Foretold
390
Garcia Marquezs Bolivar
445
Memoirs
505

The Ace Reporter 19541955
158
Europe and Latin America 19551967
175
La Bobeme 19561957
189
Eastern Europe During
211
The Birth of Big Mama
227
The Cuban Revolution and the USA 19591961
250
ImmortalityThe New Cervantes 20062007
537
Family Trees
546
Notes
553
Bibliography
609
Index
621
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Gerald Martin is Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emeritus of Modern Languages at the University of Pittsburgh and Senior Research Professor in Caribbean Studies at London Metropolitan University. For twenty-five years he was the only English-speaking member of the “Archives” Association of Twentieth-Century Latin American Literature in Paris, and he is a recent president of the International Institute of Ibero-American Literature in the United States. Among his publications are Journeys Through the Labyrinth: Latin American Fiction in the Twentieth Century, a translation and critical edition of Miguel Angel Asturias's Men of Maize, and several contributions to the Cambridge History of Latin America. He lives in England.

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