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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 140003454X
ISBN-13: 9781400034543
Sku: 39602882
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 1T
Pages:  544
Age Range:  NA
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No writer alive today exerts the magical appeal of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Now, in the long-awaited first volume of his autobiography, he tells the story of his life from his birth in 1927 to the moment in the 1950s when he proposed to his wife. The result is as spectacular as his finest fiction.
Here is Garcia Marquez's shimmering evocation of his childhood home of Aracataca, the basis of the fictional Macondo. Here are the members of his ebulliently eccentric family. Here are the forces that turned him into a writer. Warm, revealing, abounding in images so vivid that we seem to be remembering them ourselves, Living to Tell the Tale" "is a work of enchantment.
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No writer alive today exerts the magical appeal of Gabriel García Márquez. Now, in the long-awaited first volume of his autobiography, he tells the story of his life from his birth in 1927 to the moment in the 1950s when he proposed to his wife. The result is as spectacular as his finest fiction.

Here is García Márquez’s shimmering evocation of his childhood home of Aracataca, the basis of the fictional Macondo. Here are the members of his ebulliently eccentric family. Here are the forces that turned him into a writer. Warm, revealing, abounding in images so vivid that we seem to be remembering them ourselves, Living to Tell the Tale is a work of enchantment.
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In Gabriel Garcia Marquez's interview with the Paris Review he said, "What I would really like to do is write a piece of journalism that is completely true and real but that sounds as fantastic as ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE." In his lush and often fantastical memoir LIVING TO TELL THE TALE (intended to be the first of a trilogy) he has perhaps accomplished this rare feat of capturing the utter unreality of life. His descriptions of his family, and his childhood in the small Colombian town of Aracataca are as full of the zestfully surreal details as his acclaimed novels: dry hurricanes, plagues of locusts, an aunt diligently sewing her own shroud and completing it on the day of her death, his mother's long-suffering love for Garcia Marquez's eventual father (the basis for LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA). Garcia Marquez, with the dreamy sensuality of Proust, conjures a people living alongside ghosts and portents, and a country wracked by the Kafkaesque rules of governments and corporations. Against this marvelous background, Garcia Marquez recounts his youth, his love-affair with literature, and his early forays into journalism and short-fiction. The book ends before ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE takes the world by storm, forever changing the possibilities of literature, but readers will have already witnessed the jungle crucible out of which this masterpiece and its author were formed.
Author Bio
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez began his career as a journalist for a series of liberal South American newspapers in the late 1940s. Eventually, he began to write fiction, and became part of "The Boom", the second generation of Latin-American writers. Many of his early works were dark and melancholy, influenced by Kafka. In the mid-'60s, Garcia Marquez went through a period of writer's block, but emerged from it with the idea for his masterwork, ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE set the standard for a literary style that would come to be called Magical Realism. Many of his stories take place in the fictional town of Macondo, a location that seems inspired by William Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County, and is based on Garcia Marquez's own village of Aracataca. Garcia Marquez won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1982. He is a close friend of Cuban President Fidel Castro and as a result was denied entry to the United States for 33 years, though afterwards he also become a friend of President Bill Clinton. After surviving a bout with cancer in the 1990s, Marquez published MEMORIES OF MY MELANCHOLY WHORES (2004) and in 2008 was rumored to be finishing another novel.

Edith Grossman is a noted translator of Latin American writers, including Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Alvaro Mutis. She has won various awards, including the ALTA translation award, a Fulbright fellowship, and a Woodrow Wilson fellowship.

Edith Grossman is a noted translator of Latin American writers, including Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Alvaro Mutis. She has won various awards, including the ALTA translation award, a Fulbright fellowship, and a Woodrow Wilson fellowship.

Praise

"[LIVING TO TELL THE TALE's] most powerful sections read like one of [Garcia Marquez's] mesmerizing novels, transporting the reader to a Latin America haunted by the ghosts of history and shaped by the exigencies of its daunting geography, by its heat and jungles and febrile light." - Michiko Kakutani 09/11/2003

"In a sense, this memoir is more fantastical than García Márquez's fiction....As the title playfully suggests, this memoir is just another tale. But there is no doubt it is brilliantly told." - Sebastian Shakespeare 12/01/2003

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