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1st Floor SPANISH/BIOGRAPHY/Garcia Marquez Due Oct 23, 2022
Nueva York : Alfred A. Knopf c2002.
1 ed. norteamericana
Physical Description
573 p. ; 24 cm
Main Author
Gabriel García Márquez, 1927-2014 (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

This is the Spanish-language version of the memoirs of the great Colombian writer, which has been a best-seller around the world; the English translation is due to be published later in the year. ((Reviewed January 1 & 15, 2003)) Copyright 2003 BooklistReviews

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Already a best seller in its Spanish edition, this work ranges from the Nobel laureate's 1927 birth to his first years as a writer. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Since last October's long-awaited release of this first volume in a trilogy of Garcia Marquez's memoirs, readers in Spain and Latin America have been wondering whether the book is fiction or nonfiction. Can one of the greatest storytellers of the 20th century, winner of the 1982 Nobel for literature, write about his life without confusing reality and fictional adventures? Well, yes and no. At first glance, Garcia Marquez's vivid and detailed portrait of his early life (just released in Spanish in the U.S.) appears to be testament to a photographic memory. Yet as he explains in the epigraph, "Life isn't what one lived, but what one remembers and how one remembers it to tell it." He warns readers that memories are not just fact or fiction, but maybe a mix of both, depending on how one recalls past events. The book begins as Garcia Marquez returns to his hometown of Aracataca with his mother to sell the family's house. The narrative becomes a journey through Colombian history, starting with the writer's childhood in Aracataca and ending in 1957 at age 29, when he traveled abroad for the first time. Snapshot passages about his life as a student and a traveler on Colombia's most important river, the Magdalena, as well as the beginnings of his journalism career, are vividly narrated. Colombia's violent history is always in the background, as Garcia Marquez recalls such historical episodes as the Bananeras massacre, a banana labor strike in 1928 that escalated into the massive slaughter of United Fruit Company workers, and the Bogotazo, a 1948 uprising by the Liberal party that resulted in massive destruction and looting in the country's capital. This first volume reflects Garcia Marquez's experience as both a novelist and a journalist. While his prose is literary, in his imaginative signature style, the historical content is as rigorously researched as journalistic works like his most recent News of a Kidnapping. Readers will also find references to characters and places from the author's classics, including Love in the Time of Cholera, One Hundred Years of Solitude and Chronicle of a Death Foretold. Some may be tempted to use the trilogy as a manual for interpreting the author's oeuvre. But avid readers will find that Garcia Marquez's fictions are instead guides to understanding the first 592 pages of his life; anyone familiar with Macondo, the fantastic town in One Hundred Years of Solitude, will readily appreciate the writer's descriptions of Aracataca, for instance. This memoir is one of the greatest literary adventures to date from this Nobelist. 50,000 first printing. (Dec.) FYI: Knopf will publish the book in an English translation by Edith Grossman in late fall 2003 under the title Living to Tell the Tale. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A first volume of a planned autobiographical trilogy spans the period between the Nobel laureate's birth in 1927 to his 1950 proposal to his wife, discussing such topics as his love for Colombia, the impact of literature and music on his life, and how his written works reflect his life. 75,000 first printing. (Biography)

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The Nobel Prize-winning Colombian author recalls his childhood and youth, and recounts the family stories retold by his relatives, revealing the origins of many of the incidents he incorporated into his work.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Pocos libros han despertado tanta expectación en todo el mundo como la autobiografía de Gabriel García Márquez, autor de Cien años de soledad y ganador del Premio Nobel de Literatura. En sus memorias, García Márquez nos habla de su infancia y primera juventud en Colombia, ofreciéndonos una crónica de los años que modelaron su imaginación y que, andando el tiempo, cristalizarían en algunos de los relatos y novelas más importantes del siglo XX. En sus páginas el lector se encontrará con episodios como el conmovedor retrato de sus abuelos, con quienes se crió en su aldea natal de Aracataca, o la descripción del asesinato de un candidato presidencial en Bogotá, del que fue testigo ocular. García Márquez da cuenta de las gentes, los lugares y los sucesos que le sirvieron de acicate como periodista y como narrador. Desbordante de humor y sabiduría, el autor se adentra por igual en los misterios de la escritura y de la vida, brindándonos un relato apasionante de la búsqueda de sus orígenes que despierta ecos de los mejores momentos de la prosa de su ficción. Además de un escrito de extraordinario mérito literario, Vivir para contarla constituye una guía indispensable para entender el resto de su obra.