Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

by Harold Bloom
     
 

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Believed by many to be one of the world's greatest living writers, Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a Colombian-born fiction writer and journalist. Winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature, Garcia Marquez is often credited as the master of magical realism, the literary technique in which no distinction is made between reality and the fantastic. Garcia Marquez first won

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Believed by many to be one of the world's greatest living writers, Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a Colombian-born fiction writer and journalist. Winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature, Garcia Marquez is often credited as the master of magical realism, the literary technique in which no distinction is made between reality and the fantastic. Garcia Marquez first won international fame with his masterpiece, One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), a defining classic of twentieth century literature. Garcia Marquez's other acclaimed works include The Autumn of The Patriarch, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Love in the Time of Cholera, and his autobiography, Living to Tell the Tale. The author of many short stories, novels, and works of nonfiction, Garcia Marquez is one of the most well-known and admired living writers in the world today.

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The "Bloom's Modern Critical Views" series offers a selection of critical essays for college and high school students (and other interested adults) about authors ranging from Jane Austen to Emile Zola. This volume about Gabriel Garcia Marquez (b. 1927) begins with an introduction by Bloom in which he considers Marquez's debt to Faulkner and Kafka, his "antic joy," and his "apocalyptic forebodings." Rita Guibert's interview with Marquez (1971) explores the Colombian author's views on writing, fame, and politics. After a brief biography of Marquez by Gene H. Bell-Villada, several American, English, and Latin-American scholars analyze in considerable detail a number of his works; for example, One Hundred Years of Solitude, The Autumn of the Patriarch, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, and Love in the Time of Cholera. Especially interesting and helpful are essays relating the author's work to societal and political conditions and the work of various writers from Latin-American and other cultural traditions: Harley Oberhelman finds parallels between Marquez's early fiction and Hemingway; Vera Kutzinski discusses the influence of African-American myths and allegories on Latin-American literature, while Stephen M. Hart introduces his comments on magic realism in world literature with a witty pastiche by Julian Barnes. Patterns of apocalypse and destruction are explored at length by Lois Parkinson Zamora, who shows that Marquez has indicated he also believes in renewal and the possibility of utopia. A chronology and a bibliography are useful; Marquez's latest novella, Memories of My Melancholy Whores (2005), is not mentioned in any of the essays.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791093122
Publisher:
Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date:
11/28/2006
Series:
Bloom's Modern Critical Views Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
9 Years

Meet the Author

One of our most popular, respected, and controversial literary critics, Yale University professor Harold Bloom¿s books ¿ about, variously, Shakespeare, the Bible, and the classic literature ¿ are as erudite as they are accessible.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York and New Haven, Connecticut
Date of Birth:
July 11, 1930
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Education:
B.A., Cornell University, 1951; Ph.D., Yale University, 1955

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