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Publisher's Summary

One of the most acclaimed and revered Nobel laureates begins to tell us the story of his life....

Living to Tell the Tale spans Gabriel García Márquez’s life from his birth in 1927 through the start of his career as a writer to the moment in the 1950s when he proposed to the woman who would become his wife. It has the shape, the quality, and the vividness of a conversation with the listener - a tale of people, places, and events as they occur to him: the colorful stories of his eccentric family members; the great influence of his mother and maternal grandfather; his consuming career in journalism, and the friends and mentors who encouraged him; the myths and mysteries of his beloved Colombia; personal details, undisclosed until now, that would appear later, transmuted and transposed, in his fiction; and, above all, his fervent desire to become a writer. And, as in his fiction, the narrator here is an inspired observer of the physical world, able to make clear the emotions and passions that lie at the heart of a life - in this instance, his own.

Living to Tell the Tale is a radiant, powerful, and beguiling memoir that gives us the formation of Gabriel García Márquez as a writer and as a man.

©2002 Gabriel García Márquez and the heirs of Gabriel García Márquez. Translation © 2003 by Gabriel García Márquez (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

Editorial Review

In his later years, Gabriel García Márquez put pen to paper and began to chronicle the true events of his life. With details not revealed in author interviews or previous writings, this beguiling memoir draws you into the story of García Márquez's early life. It's a collection of stories that feel so deeply personal that the autobiography of this Nobel Prize-winning author takes on the air of the recollections of an eccentric, immensely lovable family member.
The true story of Gabriel García Márquez begins with his life in journalism. From his writings for a Colombian newspaper to his time as a foreign correspondent in Paris, Rome, and Spain, journalism was always a base for Gabo's literary style. Hear more about his creative origins and the start of his career as he unravels his literary history.
In this audiobook, you’ll also learn more about Gabriel García Márquez's personal life and family. His grandmother in particular influenced his formidable imagination and his approach to magical realism. He recalls how she would tell him even the most magical events with a matter-of-fact approach, as though they were everyday occurrences. This form of storytelling and taste for wonder impacted his novels, novellas, and collections of stories told.
Each personal experience and true-life story is masterfully narrated by Christopher Salazar. A long-time narrator of García Márquez's works, Salazar adds a quiet animation to the beautiful stories of Living to Tell the Tale. Dive into the story of a journalist, short-story writer, Colombian novelist, and politically active young man who would grow into Gabriel García Márquez—winner of a Nobel Prize and author renowned the world over. — Audible Latino Editor

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