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The Cambridge Introduction to Gabriel García Márquez

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  • Date Published: April 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521719926


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  • The Colombian Nobel Prize winner, Gabriel García Márquez (b. 1927), wrote two of the great novels of the twentieth century, One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera. As novelist, short story writer and journalist, García Márquez has one of literature's most instantly recognizable styles and since the beginning of his career has explored a consistent set of themes, revolving around the relationship between power and love. His novels exemplify the transition between modernist and post-modernist fiction and have made magical realism one of the most significant and influential phenomena in contemporary writing. Aimed at students of Latin American and comparative literature, this book provides essential information about García Márquez's life and career, his published work in literature and journalism, and his political engagement. It connects the fiction effectively to the writer's own experience and explains his enduring importance in world literature.

    • Provides readings of all García Márquez's novels as well as the short stories and journalism
    • Uses this great writer as a case study of Latin American literary developments in the second half of the twentieth century
    • Allows reader to situate García Márquez and Latin American fiction within a global perspective
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    'Measured against its author's stated aims, The Cambridge Introduction to Gabriel García Márquez succeeds commandingly in situating the universal Colombian author's work in the contexts of family history and world events.' Bulletin of Spanish Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521719926
    • length: 176 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 150 x 9 mm
    • weight: 0.3kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The life and work in historical context
    2. Early short stories, journalism and the first (modernist) novel, Leaf Storm (1947–1955)
    3. The neo-realist turn: No One Writes to the Colonel, In Evil Hour and Big Mama's Funeral (1956–1962)
    4. One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967): the global village
    5. The Autumn of the Patriarch (1975): the love of power
    6. Chronicle of a Death Foretold (1981): postmodernism and Hispanic literature
    7. Love in the Time of Cholera (1985): the power of love
    8. More about power: The General in His Labyrinth (1989) and News of a Kidnapping (1996)
    9. More about love: Of Love and Other Demons (1994) and Memories of My Melancholy Whores (2004)
    10. A memoir: Living to Tell the Tale (2002)
    Conclusion: the achievement of the universal Colombian.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Latin American Literature
  • Author

    Gerald Martin, University of Pittsburgh
    Gerald Martin is Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emeritus of Modern Languages in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh.

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