Gabriel Garcia Marquez: A Life

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A&C Black, Apr 2, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 688 pages
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Gabriel García Márquez, author of the modern classic One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, is one of the greatest and most popular writers of the late-twentieth century. As Gerald Martin tells the story of the author's fascinating rise to wealth and international fame, he reveals the tensions in García Márquez's life between celebrity and literary quality, between politics and writing, and between power, solitude and love. Interviewing more than three hundred people including Fidel Castro, Felipe González, Carlos Fuentes and Mario Vargas Llosa, the author's large family as well as 'Gabo' himself, Martin immerses himself in García Márquez's world. This at first 'tolerated' and now 'official' biography is as gripping and revealing as the writer's journalism and as complex and involving as any of his fiction.
 

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Surprisingly, this is one of my favorite biographies read so far. It has to be the subject matter. Like other biographies that spend an inordinate amount of time setting the stage (political and ... Read full review

Gabriel GarcÃÂa Márquez: a life

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This superbly researched biography is nothing short of a tour de force. Martin (Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emeritus of Modern Languages, Univ. of Pittsburgh) has for decades been a pioneering scholar ... Read full review

Contents

From Origins Obscure 18001899
1
in Cartagena 19481949
110
Barranquilla a Bookseller
128
9
183
during the Cold War 1957
218
The Birth
232
Fame at Last 19661967
313
CELEBRITY
327
The Frenzy of Renown and the Fragrance
405
GarcõÂa MaÂrquezs BolõÂvar
439
Back to Macondo? News of a Historic
462
Immortality The New Cervantes
558
11
605
62
620
94
637
6
647

GarcõÂa MaÂrquez Opts
349
Chronicle of a Death
375

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Gerald Martin is Andrew Mellon Professor of Modern Languages at the University of Pittsburgh and president of the International Institute of Ibero-American Literature. Publications include Journeys Through the Labyrinth (1989), critical editions of Miguel Angel Asturias's Hombres de maíz (1992) and El Señor Presidente (2000), as well as several major contributions to the Cambridge History of Latin America.

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