Gabriel García Márquez

Gabriel García Márquez is probably the most well-known writer in the last 50 years. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, his most popular book, “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” is often considered the greatest novel in Spanish since Cervantes’ “Don Quixote.” This is the authorized biography.

García Márquez was raised in his early years by his maternal grandparents in a small town in Colombia. As a young man he was a poor, struggling journalist, first in Colombia and then later in Paris and then Mexico. He has lived much of his life in Mexico City, but he has also spent a great deal of time traveling the globe, including numerous trips to Havana to visit his friend, Fidel Castro.

This was not an easy book, mostly because García Márquez seems so far from God. But it was quite helpful to better understand the culture, history and mindset of Latin America, and particularly of Colombia. It is also helpful to understand the world and mindset of Latin American intellectuals in the last half of the twentieth century.

This is the authorized biography, based on enormous research and seemingly objective in assessing García Márquez’s strengths, weaknesses and legacy.