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By Ilan Stavans

This long-awaited biography provides a interesting and accomplished photograph of Garc?a M?rquez's lifestyles as much as the ebook of his classic 100 Years of Solitude. in accordance with approximately a decade of analysis, this biographical study sheds new mild at the lifestyles and works of the Nobel Laureate, father of magical realism, and bestselling writer within the background of the Spanish language. As Garc?a M?rquez's impact endures on good into his 9th decade, Stavans's prepared insights constitute the definitive re-appraisal of the literary giant's existence and corpus. The later a part of his existence may be lined in a moment publication.

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9 Until the end of his days, Gabriel Eligio never learned to like the place—he called it “un moridero de pobres,” the place where poor people die—but he agreed. García Márquez was born in the big house that belonged to his grandparents. Aracataca, Riohacha, La Ciénega, and other places in the area were infused with folklore and a history of colonialism. As García Márquez grew up, he absorbed all their details into his personal memory. He took in the history he learned from the textbooks he used at school, the stories he heard from his grandmother and others, and daily conversations.

In the article “Caribe mágico” (Magical Caribbean), García Márquez wrote of a common language beyond words that is spoken by everyone in the Caribbean, about a unifying aesthetic worldview. He wrote about immigrants from abroad who descended on the region, adapting to its customs. This group included Henri Charrière, author of Papillon, who prospered in Caracas as a restaurant promoter as well as in other less worthy enterprises. 7 García Márquez is the eldest of the eleven children of Gabriel Eligio García Martínez and Luisa Santiaga Márquez; he has one half-sibling born of one of his father’s extramarital escapades.

While García Márquez tells the reader that he struggles with words, he won’t Aracataca 15 stay away from them for too long, for they are one of the only things he has: words and friends. Words are friends, of course, and through words he wants to achieve a single result: to be loved by those he loves. Finally, in his mordant self-portrait García Márquez wonders if instead of having become a writer, it would have been more useful for him and for humankind had he been a terrorist. That is the writer’s ultimate dream: si en vez de escritor fuera terrorista, to be a saboteur, to be remembered for reformulating the rules of the game.

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