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Gabriel García Márquez was born in 1928 in the town of Aracatca, Colombia. Latin America's preeminent man of letters, he is considered by many to be one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. He began his writing career as a journalist and is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera. Gabriel Márquez was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.
Fifty-one years, nine months and four days have passed since Fermina Daza rebuffed hopeless romantic Florentino Ariza's impassioned advances and married Dr Juvenal Urbino instead. During that half-century, Flornetino has fallen into the arms of many delighted women, but has loved none but Fermina. Having sworn his eternal love to her, he lives for the day when he can court her again. When Fermina's husband is killed trying to retrieve his pet parrot from a mango tree, Florentino seizes his chance to declare his enduring love. But can young love find new life in the twilight of their lives?
'It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.' Fifty-one years, nine months and four days have passed since Fermina Daza rebuffed hopeless romantic Florentino Arizo's impassioned advances and married Dr. Juvenal Urbino instead. During that half century, Florentino has fallen into the arms of many delighted women, but has loved none but Fermina. Having sworn his eternal love to her, he lives for the day when he can court her again. When Fermina's husband is killed trying to retrieve his pet parrot from a mango tree, Florentino seizes his chance to declare his enduring love. But can young love find new life in the twilight of their lives?
On My Bookshelf by Isabel Allende...One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Márquez is arguably the best Latin Americannovel ever written. I found characters that seemed to have escaped from my crazy family – the voice of my grandfather, the history of my continent, and much, much more.
A short, 96-page novella of a ninety-year old columnist reflecting on his life and sexual powers as he prepares for a rather special night of paid-for sex. By the time he was fifty he had slept with 514 such women, after that he stopped listing them for the quantity dwindled and he could remember each without referring to paper. I had suspected this short work might have been a catalogue of sexual encounters which, in his exquisite prose, could not become repetitive as some sex memoirs do, but no, what Marquez has done is touch the nerve of old age. It is beautiful.Comparison: Paulo Coelho, Isabel Allende, Laura Esquivel.Similar this month: Haruki Murakami.
Erst als die Geier schon uber dem Prasidentenpalast kreisen, wagen die Bewohner eines Karibikstaates ins Zentrum der Macht einzudringen. Sie finden dort den toten Diktator, gestorben im Alter zwischen 107 und 232 Jahren, von Flechten uberzogen und mit Tiefseetieren bedeckt. Vom grausigen Ende des vom Volk gehaten und zugleich als charismatische Gestalt verehrten Patriarchen ausgehend, bewegt sich der Roman kreisend durch die Zeit, erzahlt vom Aufstieg und Fall eines Diktators und von der Einsamkeit der Macht. Voll beienden Spotts, real und zugleich phantastisch - dieser Roman schafft eine Atmosphre, die unter die Haut geht. Ein Leben in der Einsamkeit der Macht Terror und usurpatorische Willkr sind das Thema dieses phantastischen Romans ber einen lateinamerikanischen Gewaltherrscher. Garcia Marquez vereint in der Figur des Patriarchen die machtbesessenen Herrscher Sdamerikas der letzten 150 Jahre.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez schrieb seinen ersten Roman Laubsturm mit neunzehn Jahren. Bereits in diesem fruhen Werk entwirft er seine Welt, die unverwechselbare Welt des verlorenen karibischen Dorfes Macondo, das dann in dem Roman Hundert Jahre Einsamkeit weltberuhmt werden sollte. Uber Macondo ist der Laubsturm hinweggefegt - Burgerkrieg, Bananenboom, Naturkatastrophen, Nachbarschaftsfehden. Davon und von ihrer Verlorenheit erzahlen ein alter Oberst, seine Tochter und deren kleiner Sohn.
In Evil Hour is the thrilling story of a Colombian society menaced by rumour and paranoia by the Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, author of the One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera. As a small South American town sweats under an oppressive heat, an unknown person creeps through the night sticking malicious posters to walls and doors. When the contents of one poster lead to a murder, everyone knows that the town is threatened by a malevolent presence - but is there anything that the mayor, the doctor or the priest can do about it? 'In Evil Hour was the book which was to inspire my own career as a novelist. I owe my writing voice to that one book!' Jim Crace 'Belongs to the very best of Marquez's work...should on no account be missed' Financial Times 'A splendid achievement' The Times
Own fifteen of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's beloved books as ebooks, in the first Penguin Marquez ebook library.Includes:Memories of My Melancholy WhoresLove in the Time of CholeraOne Hundred Years of SolitudeThe Story of a Shipwrecked SailorChronicle of a Death ForetoldThe Autumn of the PatriarchStrange PilgrimsNews of a KidnappingThe General in His LabyrinthNo One Writes to the ColonelOf Love and Other DemonsCollected StoriesLeaf StormLiving to Tell the Tale
The General in his Labyrinth is the compelling tale of Simon Bolivar, a hero who has been forgotten and whose power is fading, retracing his steps down the Magdalena River by the Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, author of One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera. 'It was the fourth time he had travelled along the Magdalena, and he could not escape the impression that he was retracing the steps of his life' At the age of forty-six General Simon Bolivar, who drove the Spanish from his lands and became the Liberator of South America, takes himself into exile. He makes a final journey down the Magdalene River, revisiting the cities along its shores, reliving the triumphs, passions and betrayals of his youth. Consumed by the memories of what he has done and what he failed to do, Bolivar hopes to see a way out of the labyrinth in which he has lived all his life. . .. 'An exquisite writer, wise, compassionate and extremely funny' Sunday Telegraph 'An imaginative writer of genius' Guardian 'The most important writer of fiction in any language' Bill Clinton
Collected Stories brings together many of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's spellbinding short stories, each brimming with a blend of the surreal, the magical, and the everyday that Nobel-Prize-winner and author of One Hundred Years of Solitude Marquez is known for. Sweeping through crumbling towns, travelling fairs and windswept ports, Gabriel Garcia Marquez introduces a host of extraordinary characters and communities in his mesmerizing tales of everyday life: smugglers, bagpipers, the President and Pope at the funeral of Macondo's revered matriarch; a every old angel with enormous wings, stranded in a young couple's back garden; a town plagued by dying birds that fall from the sky and an awestruck village captivated by a beautiful drowned sailor. Teeming with the magical oddities for which his novels are loved, Marquez's stories are a delight. 'These stories abound with love affairs, ruined beauty, and magical women. It is essence of Marquez' Guardian 'Of all the living authors known to me, only one is undoubtedly touched by genius: Gabriel Garcia Marquez' Sunday Telegraph 'It becomes more and more fun to read. It shows what fabulous really means' Time Out
Gabriel Garcia Marquez's News of a Kidnapping is a powerful retelling of actual events from a turbulent period of Colombian history. 'She looked over her shoulder before getting into the car to be sure no one was following her' Pablo Escobar: billionaire drugs baron, ruthless manipulator brutal killer and jefe of the infamous Madellin cartel. A man whose importance in the international drug trade and renown for his charitable work among the poor brought him influence and power in his home country of Colombia, and the unwanted attention of the American courts. Terrified of the new Colombian President's determination to extradite him to America, Escobar found the best bargaining tools he could find: hostages. In the winter of 1990, ten relatives of Colombian politicians, mostly women, were abducted and held hostage as Escobar attempted to strong-arm the government into blocking his extradition. Two died, the rest survived, and from their harrowing stories Marquez retells, with vivid clarity, the terror and uncertainty of those dark an volatile months. 'Reads with an urgency which belongs to the finest fiction. I have never read anything which gave a better sense of the way Colombia was in worst times' Daily Telegraph 'Compellingly readable. A book with all the panache of Marquez's fiction, hitting home rather harder' Sunday Times 'A piece of remarkable investigative journalism made all the more brilliant by the author's talent for magical storytelling' Financial Times
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature and author of One Hundred Years of Solitude, explores the loneliness of power in Autumn of the Patriarch. 'Over the weekend the vultures got into the presidential palace by pecking through the screens on the balcony windows and the flapping of their wings stirred up the stagnant time inside' As the citizens of an unnamed Caribbean nation creep through dusty corridors in search of their tyrannical leader, they cannot comprehend that the frail and withered man lying dead on the floor can be the self-styled General of the Universe. Their arrogant, manically violent leader, known for serving up traitors to dinner guests and drowning young children at sea, can surely not die the humiliating death of a mere mortal? Tracing the demands of a man whose egocentric excesses mask the loneliness of isolation and whose lies have become so ingrained that they are indistinguishable from truth, Marquez has created a fantastical portrait of despotism that rings with an air of reality. 'Delights with its quirky humanity and black humour and impresses by its total originality' Vogue 'Captures perfectly the moral squalor and political paralysis that enshrouds a society awaiting the death of a long-term dictator' Guardian 'Marquez writes in this lyrical, magical language that no-one else can do' Salman Rushdie
Nobel Prize winner and author of One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez blends the natural with supernatural in Of Love and Other Demons - a novel which explores community, superstition and collective hysteria. 'An ash-grey dog with a white blaze on its forehead burst on to the rough terrain of the market on the first Sunday of December' When a witch doctor appears on the Marquis de Casalduero's doorstep prophesising a plague of rabies in the Colombian seaport, he dismisses her claims - until he hears that his young daughter, Sierva Maria, was one of four people bitten by a rabid dog, and the only one to survive. Sierva Maria appears completely unscathed - but as rumours of the plague spread, the Marquis and his wife wonder at her continuing good health. In a town consumed by superstition, it's not long before they, and everyone else, put her survival down to a demonic possession and begin to see her supernatural powers as the cause of the town's woes. Only the young priest charged with exorcizing the evil spirit recognises the girl's sanity, but can he convince the town that it's not her that needs healing? 'Superb and intensely readable' Time Out 'A compassionate, witty and unforgettable masterpiece' Daily Telegraph 'At once nostalgic and satiric, a resplendent fable' Sunday Times
One of the twentieth century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize-winning career. The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendia family. Rich and brilliant, it is a chronicle of life, death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the beautiful, ridiculous, and tawdry story of the Buendia family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America. Love and lust, war and revolution, riches and poverty, youth and senility, the variety of life, the endlessness of death, the search for peace and truth-these universal themes dominate the novel. Alternately reverential and comical, One Hundred Years of Solitude weaves the political, personal, and spiritual to bring a new consciousness to storytelling. Translated into dozens of languages, this stunning work is no less than an account of the history of the human race.Visit http://www.blackstoneaudio.com/docs/Family_Tree.pdf to access a bonus PDF with a family tree.
On the eve of his ninetieth birthday, a bachelor decides to give himself a wild night of love with a virgin. As is his habit-he has purchased hundreds of women-he asks a madam for her assistance. The fourteen-year-old girl who is procured for him is enchanting, but exhausted as she is from caring for siblings and her job sewing buttons, she can do little but sleep. Yet with this sleeping beauty at his side, it is he who awakens to a romance he has never known. Tender, knowing, and slyly comic, Memories of My Melancholy Whores is an exquisite addition to a master's work.
In einem Dorf an der kolumbianischen Karibikkuste feiert Bayardo San Roman seine Hochzeit. Ein prunkvolles Fest wird gefeiert, und dass die Braut den Brautigam nicht liebt, scheint ein unwesentliches Detail, denn "e;Liebe erlernt sich"e;. Doch auf das Fest folgt der Skandal. Angela Vicario, die schone Braut, wird noch in der Nacht von ihrem Ehemann ins Elternhaus zuruckgebracht; sie war nicht mehr unberuhrt. Angela offenbart den Namen des angeblichen Taters, und mit Fleischermessern bewaffnet ziehen ihre Zwillingsbruder los, um die Tat zu suhnen, das heit, den Verfuhrer zu toten. Das ganze Dorf erfahrt von ihrer bitteren Pflicht. Jeder wei, dass hier Vorurteile eine sinnlose Tat auslosen, doch niemand schreitet ein. Jahre spater befragt der Ich-Erzahler alle Zeugen und rekonstruiert den Ablauf des tragischen Geschehens, die wenigen Stunden von der Ankundigung bis zur Ausfuhrung des grausamen Verbrechens.
Nichts auf der Welt ist schwieriger als die Liebe. Das erleben Fermina Daza und Doktor Juvenal Urbino tagtaglich in ihrer mehr als funfzigjahrigen Ehe. Und niemand erfahrt das schmerzlicher als Fermina Dazas ewiger Verehrer Florentino Ariza, der 51 Jahre, 9 Monate und 4 Tage auf sie gewartet hat. Schwarmerisch hat er in poetischen Briefen um sie geworben, sie in aller Keuschheit gewonnen und wieder verloren, aber nie aufgehort, sie zu lieben. Wahrend Fermina Daza an der Seite ihres Mannes, eines hoch geachteten Arztes, ein groburgerliches Leben fuhrt, bringt es Florentino Ariza durch beruflichen Erfolg zu groem Wohlstand. Er ist ein nimmermuder Schurzenjager, im Herzen aber Fermina Daza immer treu geblieben, und noch am Abend der Beerdigung ihres Mannes erklart er ihr erneut seine Liebe.Ein groer Liebesroman, eine Geschichte voller Lebenskraft und Poesie. "e;Ohne die reichen Bcher von Garca Mrquez wre unsere Welt entschieden rmer."e; Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Fifty-one years, nine months and four days ago, Florentino's love was rejected by beautiful Fermina. While she became a model wife, poor Florentio pined for her and has done so ever since, never finding love or peace as he yearns for the day he can woo her again. When Fermina's husband is killed falling from a mango tree, Florentino seizes his chance to declare his enduring love. But can young love find new life in the twilight of their lives? This edition ties in to Mike Newell's long-awaited film of Love in the Time of Cholera , starring Benjamin Bratt ( Traffic ), which is due for release in January 2008.
A poignant meditation on the nature of desire, and the enduring power of love, Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Love in the Time of Cholera is translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman in Penguin Modern Classics. Florentino Ariza is a hopeless romantic who falls passionately for the beautiful Fermina Daza, but finds his love tragically rejected. Instead Fermina marriesdistinguished doctor Juvenal Urbino, while Florentino can only wait silently for her. He can never forget his first and only true love. Then, fifty-one years, nine months and four days later, Fermina's husband dies unexpectedly. At last Florentino has another chance to declare his feelings and discover if a passion that has endured for half a century will remain unrequited, in a rich, fantastical and humane celebration of love in all its many forms. Gabriel Garcia Marquez (b. 1928) was born in Aracataca, Colombia. He is the author of several novels, including Leaf Storm (1955), One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), The Autumn of the Patriarch (1975) Chronicle of a Death Foretold (1981) and The General in His Labyrinth (1989). He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. If you enjoyed Love in the Time of Cholera, you might like Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'The nearest thing to sensual pleasure prose can offer' Daily Telegraph 'An amazing celebration of the many kinds of love between men and women... among Marquez's best fiction' The Times 'The greatest luxury ... is the eerie, entirely convincing suspension of the laws of reality ... the agelessness of the human story as told by one of this century's most evocative writers' Anne Tyler, author of The Accidental Tourist