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 Latin American writers of the twentieth century. 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

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez is one of the most influential Latin American writers of the twentieth century. 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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
An agreeable mix of man and metaphor, with nifty readings and inside info.

Nation

This outstanding scholar merits an accolade for . . . careful reading of Garc'a Mérquez's oeuvre and an awesome knowledge of foreign literatures.

Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807842645
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
04/30/1990
Pages:
266
Product dimensions:
5.95(w) x 9.03(h) x 0.82(d)

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The revised edition is even better than the original. Still the best general introduction to the work of Garcia Marquez, this book is unfailingly perceptive, informative, and likeable.—Gerald Martin, Andrew Mellon Professor Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh, author of Gabriel Garcia Marquez: A Life

Meet the Author


Gene H. Bell-Villada is a professor of romance languages at Williams College.

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