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Living to Tell the Tale
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Edith Grossman

Overview - 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview
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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  • ISBN-13: 9781400034543
  • ISBN-10: 140003454X
  • Publisher: Vintage Books
  • Publish Date: October 2004
  • Page Count: 533

Series: Vintage International

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Living to Tell the Tale

Tracing his personal history through the 1950s, Márquez applies the same skill and lyricism he demonstrates in his fiction to the genre of autobiography. The first in a series of three volumes chronicling his remarkable career, Living to Tell the Tale is a fluid, fascinating account of the Nobel Laureate's upbringing in Colombia and his development as a writer. Unconfined by the bounds of a strict chronology, Márquez offers a meandering account of his childhood and adolescence in a vivid narrative that's filled with anecdotes about his unconventional family, as well as insights into his personal relationships, his work as a journalist and novelist, and the love he feels for his homeland. The book is also a record of a country in a constant state of upheaval, as Márquez provides a survey of contemporary Colombian politics. A reading group guide is available in print and online at www.readinggroupcenter.com.

 
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