Irreverent and hopeful, Solitude & Company recounts the life of a boy from the provinces who decided to become a writer. This is the story of how he did it, how little Gabito became Gabriel Garc???a M???rquez, and of how Gabriel Garc???a M???rquez survived his own self-creation. The book is divided into two parts. In the first, "BC," before Cien a???os de soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude), his siblings speak, along with those who were friends before Garc???a M???rquez became the universally loved Latin American icon--those who knew him when he still didn't have a proper English tailor or an English biographer and didn't accompany presidents, the drinking buddies and penniless fellow students. The second part, "AC," describes the man behind the legend that Garc???a M???rquez became. From Aracataca, to Barranquilla, to Bogot???, to Paris, to Mexico City, the solitude that Garc???a M???rquez needed to produce his masterpiece turns out to have been something of a raucous party whenever he wasn't actually writing. Here are the writers Tom???s Eloy Mart???nez, Edmundo Paz Sold???n, and William and Rose Styron; legendary Spanish agent Carmen Balcells; the translator of One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gregory Rabassa; Mar???a Luisa El???o, to whom One Hundred Years of Solitude is dedicated; a great deal of music, especially the vallenato; the hilarious scenes of several hundred Colombians, Garc???a M???rquez's chosen delegation, flying to Stockholm for the Nobel Prize celebrations; the time Mario Vargas Llosa punched Gabriel Garc???a M???rquez in the face; and much, much more.