Ambigui, misteriosi, carichi di un arcano simbolismo, gli undici racconti di Occhi di cane azzurro rappresentano i primi riuscitissimi tentativi di Gabriel García Márquez di dar vita a un universo letterario nel quale il realismo delle cose quotidiane si mescola con le atmosfere della magia. Già nei primi testi di questo volume il mondo della quotidianità risulta stravolto dall'intrusione di elementi fiabeschi e surrealmente macabri, spiazzanti allegorie di duplicazione e di morte nate dalle nevrosi e dalla ...
Ambigui, misteriosi, carichi di un arcano simbolismo, gli undici racconti di Occhi di cane azzurro rappresentano i primi riuscitissimi tentativi di Gabriel García Márquez di dar vita a un universo letterario nel quale il realismo delle cose quotidiane si mescola con le atmosfere della magia. Già nei primi testi di questo volume il mondo della quotidianità risulta stravolto dall'intrusione di elementi fiabeschi e surrealmente macabri, spiazzanti allegorie di duplicazione e di morte nate dalle nevrosi e dalla solitudine, mentre negli ultimi racconti, tra i quali il Monologo di Isabel mentre vede piovere su Macondo , vero e proprio atto fondativo della meravigliosa città che verrà poi cantata in Cent'anni di solitudine , lo spazio fantastico giunge a prendere definitivamente il sopravvento.
A chief practitioner of the "magic-realist" style, Gabriel García Márquez's influence and importance lie in his crucial role of bringing Latin-American fiction to wider audiences while pioneering it at the same time. The Colombian-born Nobel winner tells fantastical tales of romance and heroism against an historic Latin American backdrop, always infusing believability by giving his writing a journalistic cast.
Gabriel García Márquez is the product of his family and his nation. Born in the small coastal town of Aracataca in northern Colombia, he was raised by his maternal grandparents. As a child, he was mesmerized by stories spun by his grandmother and her sisters -- a rich gumbo of superstitions, folk tales, and ghost stories that fired his youthful imagination. And from his grandfather, a colonel in Colombia's devastating Civil War, he learned about his country's political struggles. This potent mix of Liberal politics, family lore, and regional mythology formed the framework for his magical realist novels.
When his grandfather died, García Márquez was sent to Sucre to live (for the first time) with his parents. He attended university in Bogotá, where he studied law in accordance with his parents' wishes. It was here that he first read The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka and discovered a literature he understood intuitively -- one with nontraditional plots and structures, just like the stories he had known all his life. His studies were interrupted when the university was closed, and he moved back north, intending to pursue both writing and law; but before long, he quit school to pursue a career in journalism.
In 1954 his newspaper sent García Márquez on assignment to Italy, marking the start of a lifelong self-imposed exile from the horrors of Colombian politics that took him to Barcelona, Paris, New York, and Mexico. Influenced by American novelist William Faulkner, creator of the fictionalized Yoknapatawpha County, and by the powerful intergenerational tragedies of the Greek dramatist Sophocles, García Márquez began writing fiction, honing a signature blend of fantasy and reality that culminated in the 1967 masterpiece One Hundred Years of Solitude. This sweeping epic became an instant classic and set the stage for more bestselling novels, including Love in the Time of Cholera, Love and Other Demons, and Memories of My Melancholy Whores. In addition, he has completed the first volume of a shelf-bending memoir, and his journalism and nonfiction essays have been collected into several anthologies.
In 1982, García Márquez was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. In his acceptance speech, he called for a "sweeping utopia of life, where no one will be able to decide for others how they die, where love will prove true and happiness be possible, and where the races condemned to one hundred years of solitude will have, at last and forever, a second opportunity on earth." Few writers have pursued that utopia with more passion and vigor than this towering 20th-century novelist.
Good To Know
Gabriel José García Márquez' affectionate nickname is Gabo.
García Márquez' first two novellas were completed long before their actual release dates, but might not have been published if it weren't for his friends, who found the manuscripts in a desk drawer and a suitcase, and sent them in for publication.