Gabriel García Márquez

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 5, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 688 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 García Márquez.
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 García Márquez’s powerful journalism, as enthralling as any of his acclaimed and beloved 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


From Origins Obscure 18001899
Of Colonels and Lost Causes 18991927
Cartagena 19481949
Europe and Latin America 19551967
Cold War 1957
The Cuban Revolution and the USA 19591961
Escape to Mexico 19611964
The Solitary Author Slowly Writes The Autumn of
Chile and Cuba García Márquez Opts
Chronicle of a Death Foretold
García Márquezs Bolívar
Back to Macondo? News of a Historic Catastrophe
Family Trees

One Hundred Years of Solitude
Fame at Last 19661967
Celebrity and Politics

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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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