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Solitude & Company

Solitude & Company: The Life Of Gabriel Garc?A M?Rquez Told With Help From His Friends, Family, Fans, Arguers, Fellow Pranksters, Drunks, And A Few Respectable Souls


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.



  • Condition: Used - Good
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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sold by: HPB St Paul
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Pr
  • ISBN-13: 9781609808969
  • ISBN: 1609808967
  • Publication Year: 2019
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HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
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