Jacket Image

Enlarge Image

200 × 130 × 16 mm
224 pages
26 illustrations
01 Sep 2010
Critical Lives
  • £11.99

  • This edition is currently unavailable

Gabriel García Márquez Stephen M. Hart

‘Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.’ Thus begins Nobel Prize-winner Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, one of the twentieth century’s most lauded works of fiction. In Gabriel García Márquez, Stephen M. Hart provides a new insight into García Márquez’s life and work as well as describing how the political struggles of Latin America have influenced his writing, from Love in the Time of Cholera to Memories of my Melancholy Whores.

This book provides a new perspective on García Márquez’s use of ‘creative false memory’ and magical realism. There are five ingredients that are critical to García Márquez’s writing – magical realism, a shortened and broken portrayal of time, punchy one-liners, dark and absurd humour, and political allegory – and these elements help to explain the extraordinary allure of García Márquez’s work, as well as providing fascinating insight into his approach to writing. The divisions between García Márquez’s everyday life and his life as a writer are also explored, as is the connection in his work between family history and national history.

Gabriel García Márquez presents an original portrait of this renowned writer and is a must-read for fans of his work, as well as those interested in magical realism, Latin American fiction and modern literature.

‘a choice and cogent introductory survey in the Critical Lives series . . . by far the most useful of such series.’ — Canadian Review

Show all

Stephen M. Hart is Professor of Latin American Film, Literature and Culture at University College London. He has published a number of books, including A Companion to Latin American Film (2004), and A Companion to Latin American Literature (2007). And Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Reaktion, 2010).

1   'He won't be playing chess any more'
2   '10 per cent inspiration, 90 per cent perspiration'
3   'Same difference'
4   'Even I won't be able to put up with myself'
5   'Why did he dress like a cook to receive the Nobel?'
6   'A chancellor but we don't know of which country'
7   'The Third Pope'

Select Bibliography
Photo Acknowledgements