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 Columbia 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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Mr. Martin confidently calls Mr. García Márquez, Colombia’s best-known storyteller and superstar (“Gabo”), the “Mark Twain of his own land: symbol of the country, definer of a national sense of humor and chronicler of the relation between the provincial realm and the center.” But he is just as c...May 27 2009 | Read Full Review of Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Skip to next paragraph Enlarge This Image Illustration by Rodrigo Corral and Ben Wiseman 'Gabriel García Márquez,' by Gerald Martin: Unraveling the Labyrinthine Life of a Magical Realist (May 28, 2009) Times Topics: Gabriel García Márquez García Márquez himself has ...Jun 05 2009 | Read Full Review of Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Gabriel Garcia Marquez is the most widely-read Latin American author alive today. The writer, a winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, is a master at spinning tall tales with the details of his own life. That proved to be a challenge for Gerald Martin, who has spent the past 17 years working o...May 27 2009 | Read Full Review of Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Far more so than most writers, Gabriel García Márquez has lived a full life that goes beyond his typewriter or, more recently, his computer.May 17 2009 | Read Full Review of Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Master fabulist Gabriel García Márquez, known as Gabo, insisted that his fiction was "appallingly" real, while his early European and American readers enjoyed the tropical fantasies.Oct 24 2008 | Read Full Review of Gabriel Garcia Marquez
His biographical readings of Márquez's early stories, written while he was a law student in Bogota and still finding his feet as a prose stylist, and his breakthrough novel No One Writes to the Colonel, written during a destructive affair in Paris in the 1950s, are remarkable.Nov 05 2008 | Read Full Review of Gabriel Garcia Marquez
"I was always famous from the time I was born," Gabriel García Márquez announced in one of the interviews that currently cost journalists $50,000 for 30 minutes.Nov 10 2008 | Read Full Review of Gabriel Garcia Marquez
He also explores the roots of magical realism and details what winning the Nobel Prize in literature meant not just for Garcia Mrquez but for Latin Americans.Martin admires Garcia Mrquez the writer but doesn't worship the man who comes across charming but more shrewd than his man-of-the-people pu...| Read Full Review of Gabriel Garcia Marquez
His Love In The Time of Cholera (my particular favorite) features a man named Florentino Ariza who has been waiting for fifty-one years, nine months and four days for the love of his life, Fermina Daza, to get rid of her husband so that he, Florentino, can pursue her for himself.| Read Full Review of Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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