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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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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. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 175,000 first printing.
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
Edith Grossman
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.


"[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

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0544
Product attributePublisher:   Vintage Books
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