Gabriel Garcia Marquez: The Early Years, 1st Edition by Ilan Stavans

By Ilan Stavans

This long-awaited biography provides a interesting and finished photograph of Garc?a M?rquez's existence as much as the booklet of his classic 100 Years of Solitude. in keeping 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 willing insights constitute the definitive re-appraisal of the literary giant's lifestyles and corpus. The later a part of his lifestyles could be lined in a moment booklet.

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His relationship with each of the people in the family home, and with the town as a whole, was seared in his mind forever. Leaving Aracataca was equivalent to being expelled from paradise. This page intentionally left blank Chapter 2 A pprenticeship On November 9, 1929, García Márquez first visited Barranquilla—a major industrial port city on Colombia’s Caribbean coast with a population of approximately 250,000, where his parents were living at the time—to see his newborn sister Margot, the third child.

He felt he needed more space for himself and a chance to see the world from a broader perspective. Bogotá, located almost at the geographic center of Colombia, generated in him both nervousness and anticipation. While there he received a scholarship to the prestigious all-boys school 44 Gabriel García Márquez Liceo Nacional de Varones de Zipaquirá; it marked his rising status as a student. Zipaquirá—in the Cundinamarca Department, some twenty to thirty miles from Bogotá but now considered part of the metropolitan area—was known for its salt reservoirs and grand cathedral.

The Caribbean is a distinctive world whose first work of magical literature was The Diary of Christopher Columbus, a book which tells of fabulous plants and mythological societies. The history of the Caribbean is full of magic—a magic brought by black slaves from Africa and by Swedish, Dutch and English pirates who thought nothing of setting up an Opera House in New Orleans or fi lling women’s teeth with diamonds. ” García Márquez added: “I know all its islands: their honey-colored mulattas with green eyes and golden handkerchiefs Aracataca 19 round their heads; their half-caste Indo-Chinese who do laundry and sell amulets; their green-skinned Asians who leave their ivory stalls to shit in the middle of the street; on one hand their scorched, dusty towns with houses which collapse in cyclones and on the other skyscrapers of smoked glass and an ocean of seven colours.

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