Gabriel García Márquez (Magill's Literary Annual 2010)
Gabriel García Márquez’s Cien años de soledad (1967; One Hundred Years of Solitude, 1970) is considered by many readers to be one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century, comparable to the works of James Joyce and William Faulkner. García Márquez followed up that successful publication with El otoño del patriarca (1975; The Autumn of the Patriarch, 1975) and Crónica de una muerte anunciada (1981; Chronicle of a Death Foretold, 1982), and he was honored with the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982. His fiction, however, has been only the better-known half of his career. He has also been a political journalist and columnist for half a century and is perhaps the most prominent world voice from Latin America. An international celebrity for more than forty yearsborn and educated in Colombia, he has lived for long periods in Mexico, France, and SpainGarcía Márquez has befriended the famous and the powerful, from Omar Torrijos of Panama to Fidel Castro of Cuba, from François Mitterand of France to Olof Palme of Sweden. Gerald Martin’s biography is the first to tell the full story of García Márquez’s remarkable life and prolific career.
García Márquez was born in 1927 in Aracataca, a small, isolated town some distance from the Caribbean coast of Colombia. Until he was seven, García Márquez stayed in the home of his maternal grandparents, while his parents, brothers, and sisters all...
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