Living to Tell the Tale

Living to Tell the Tale

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Random House, Inc.
In this long-awaited first volume of a planned trilogy, the most acclaimed and revered living Nobel laureate begins to tell us the story of his life.

Like all his work, Living to Tell the Tale is a magnificent piece of writing. It spans Gabriel García Márquez’s life from his birth in 1927 through the start of his career as a writer to the moment in the 1950s when he proposed to the woman who would become his wife. It has the shape, the quality, and the vividness of a conversation with the reader—a tale of people, places, and events as they occur to him: the colorful stories of his eccentric family members; the great influence of his mother and maternal grandfather; his consuming career in journalism, and the friends and mentors who encouraged him; the myths and mysteries of his beloved Colombia; personal details, undisclosed until now, that would appear later, transmuted and transposed, in his fiction; and, above all, his fervent desire to become a writer. And, as in his fiction, the narrator here is an inspired observer of the physical world, able to make clear the emotions and passions that lie at the heart of a life—in this instance, his own.

Living to Tell the Tale is a radiant, powerful, and beguiling memoir that gives us the formation of Gabriel García Márquez as a writer and as a man.

Baker & Taylor
A first volume of a planned autobiographical trilogy spans the period between the Nobel laureate's birth in 1927 to his 1950 proposal to his wife, discussing such topics as his love for Colombia, the impact of literature and music on his life, and how his written works reflect his life. 400,000 first printing.

Baker
& Taylor

The author traces his life from his birth in 1927 to his 1950 proposal to his wife, discussing such topics as his love for Colombia, the impact of literature and music on his life, and how his written works reflect his life.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400041343
1400041341
9781400041060
1400041066
Branch Call Number: B GAR
Characteristics: 483 p. : maps ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Grossman, Edith 1936-

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Aug 02, 2018

"At that time Bogota was a remote, lugubrious city where an insomniac rain had been falling since the beginning of the sixteenth century." Memoir by one of the titans of 20th century literature. On the dust jacket it mentions that this is the "first volume trilogy," but this was the only autobiographical book he completed before his death in 2014. For any reader of his books, it's an essential and involving read that illuminates his fiction.

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