Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Gabriel Garcia Marquez : A Life

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 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 Garcia Marquez'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 Gonzalez, Carlos Fuentes and Mario Vargas Llosa, the author's large family as well as 'Gabo' himself, Martin immerses himself in Garcia Marquez'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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Product details

  • Paperback | 688 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 50mm | 914g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations, maps, ports.
  • 074759614X
  • 9780747596141
  • 637,994

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'Gabriel Garcia Marquez once remarked that "every self-respecting writer should have an English biographer". He could have asked for none more accomplished than Gerald Martin' Angel Gurria-Quintana, Financial Times 'Gerald Martin has done a good job here in presenting the myths about the career, as well as debunking many of them' Philip Hensher, Spectator 'Masterful an astonishing feat: a subtle tribute to a very complex man and an indispensable key to his life's work' Ed King, Sunday Telegraph 'Martin blends the stories and novels superbly into his narrative This first biography in English helps readers to ground his exceptional fiction in history' Jason Wilson, Independent Book of the Week
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About Gerald S. Martin

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 maiz (1992) and El Senor Presidente (2000), as well as several major contributions to the Cambridge History of Latin America.
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