A Companion to Gabriel García Márquez

May 2010
200 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Monografias A
Tamesis Books
BISAC LIT004100, LIT020000

A Companion to Gabriel García Márquez

Raymond Leslie Williams

One of the major Latin American writers of the twentieth century.
This book offers discussion and analysis of the subtle writing of Nobel Laureate Gabriel García Márquez - a traditionalist who draws from classic Western texts, a Modernist committed to modernizing the conservative literary tradition in Colombia and Latin America, an internationally recognized major writer of the 1960s Boom, the key figure in popularizing what has been called "magic realism" and, finally, a Modernist who has occasionally engaged in some of the strategies of the postmodern.
The author demonstrates that García Márquez is above all a committed and highly accomplished Modernist fiction writer who has successfully synthesized his political vision in his writing and absorbed a vast array of cultural and literary traditions. Drawing on García Márquez's interviews with Williams and others over the years, the book also explores the importance of the non-literary, the presence of oral tradition and the visual arts, thus providing a more complete insight into García Márquez's strategies as a Modernist with heterogeneous aesthetic interests, as well as an understanding of his social and political preoccupations.

RAYMOND LESLIE WILLIAMS is Professor of Latin American Literature at the University of California, Riverside.

Table of Contents

Introduction: García Márquez, the Modernists and the Boom
Cien años de soledad and the Macondo Cycle
El otoño del patriarca and the Political Writings
El amor en los tiempos de cólera, Crónica de una muerte anunciada and La increíble y triste historia de la cándida Eréndira y de su abuela desalmada
Recent Writing


Well organized and sets out to guide the reader through Garcia Marquez's major works in an order that, though not strictly chronological, is attentive to the writer's development. TLS
Williams writes clear, unobstructed sentences and shies away from pedantic terminology, qualities that make the material accessible to students. BULLETIN OF SPANISH STUDIES
This volume provides a useful summary for both students and academics alike whilst the bibliography offers an extensive list of further reading. It is an essential addition for the libraries of institutions where Latin American literature forms part of the curriculum. Given the importance of Marquez in modern literature the volume also deserves a place in the large general reference library. REFERENCE REVIEWS
[T]his study provides an invaluable understanding of a unique writer who has become a classic in his region and the world. Essential. CHOICE

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