Conversations With Gabriel García MárquezBook - 2006
Gabriel Garc#65533;a M#65533;rquez (b. 1927) is a sophisticated literary artist with broad popularity. His masterpiece, One Hundred Years of Solitude , has sold tens of millions of copies worldwide. In 1982, he received the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Conversations with Gabriel Garc#65533;a M#65533;rquez starts with the years of his early phenomenal success and continues through his most recent, turn-of-the-century exchanges. He speaks of his impoverished childhood, his life as an indifferent student, his apprenticeship as a journalist, the inspiration that led to the writing of his most renowned novel, the difficulties brought by fame, and his leftist opinions. Works such as The Autumn of the Patriarch , Love in the Time of Cholera , The General in His Labyrinth , and News of a Kidnapping are discussed in detail.
When interviewed by Hispanic journalists, Garc#65533;a M#65533;rquez chats spontaneously and frankly about all sorts of topics, including himself. Those conversations, translated into English for the first time, offer a fascinating glimpse of the Colombian genius at his most down-to-earth, informal, and relaxed. Taken together with seminal pieces from the Atlantic Monthly , the New York Times Book Review , and other English-language periodicals, Conversations with Gabriel Garc#65533;a M#65533;rquez offers a nuanced, multi-faceted view of one of contemporary literature's greatest masters.
Gene H. Bell-Villada of Williamstown, Massachusetts, is chair of the Department of Romance Languages at Williams College and the author of National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Art for Art's Sake & Literary Life: How Politics & Markets Helped Shape the Ideology and Culture of Aestheticism, 1790-1990 , and Overseas American: Growing Up Gringo in the Tropics (University Press of Mississippi).