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Garc?a M?rquez: The Man and His Work
     

Garc?a M?rquez: The Man and His Work

by Gene H. Bell-Villada
 

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez is one of the most influential writers of our time. His unique literary creativity is rooted in the history of the region, with all its social and political implications.

In this beautifully written examination of Garcia Marquez and his work, Gene Bell-Villada traces the major forces that have shaped the Colombian novelist and describes his

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez is one of the most influential writers of our time. His unique literary creativity is rooted in the history of the region, with all its social and political implications.

In this beautifully written examination of Garcia Marquez and his work, Gene Bell-Villada traces the major forces that have shaped the Colombian novelist and describes his life, his personality, and his political opinions. He considers Garcia Marquez's place in world literature and analyzes his short fiction and all of his novels from the great and complex One Hundred Years of Solitude — a cultural phenomenon the likes of which we have seldom seen — through Love in the Time of Cholera. He shows why Garcia Marquez has achieved a confluence of high art and popular success that is virtually unique in the twentieth century.

Bell-Villada examines the narrative works of Garcia Marquez for their historical and human content, for their literary technique and structure, and for their expert use of fantasy, ribaldry, humor, and satire. He describes Garcia Marquez as a global phenomenon and as a local boy, as a Nobel Laureate and as a Latin American Everyman, as a political writer and as a novelist of love.

The book will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers — generalists who enjoy his novels, teachers and students, and literary specialists and Latin Americanists investigating the culture and politics of the region.

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An agreeable mix of man and metaphor, with nifty readings and inside info.—Nation

Bell-Villada is one of a handful of scholars in the field of Hispanic letters who write with authority, precision, and flair. . . . This outstanding scholar merits an accolade for a careful reading of Garcia Marquez's oeuvre and an awesome knowledge of foreign literatures.—Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature

"The essential primer and reference work on [Garcia Marquez]. . . . Provides unmissable insights into both the narrative of Garcia Marquez's life—often ribald, and always humorous—but also his emotions, and is an essential read for students of this writer who want to understand how his mind—and heart—work.—Latin American Review of Books

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807818756
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
04/01/1990
Pages:
266
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

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Readers enthralled with Garcia Marquez and contemporary Latin American literature will find in this lucid, engaging book a way of exploring and understanding the life and works of one of the most unique and powerful voices of our century.—Ariel Dorfman, Duke University

Meet the Author

Gene Bell-Villada is professor of Romance languages at Williams College. He is author or editor of six scholarly works as well as a memoir and two works of fiction. His most recent book is Conversations with Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

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