The General In His Labyrinth by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Translated by Edith Grossman
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1990. First American Edition. Stated. Hardcover. 285 pages ; 22 cm. $19.95 dust jacket with minimal wear. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is firm.
TWO YEARS AFTER his internationally acclaimed and best-selling Love in the Time of Cholera, the Nobel Prize-winning novelist, author also of the classic One Hundred Years of Solitude, gives us a magnificent new novel in which one of the Western Hemisphere's supreme heroes is rescued from myth and made real— yet seen, at the same time, in the shining romantic aura of the legend that formed around him.
Transmuting historical truth into magical narrative, Gabriel Garcia Marquez recounts the turbulent life of the great Sim6n Bolivar. He shows us the Liberator, the dreamer fired by the vision of a South America free from Spanish domination and splendidly united—a vision he both succeeded and failed in realizing. He shows us Bolfvar the dazzling orchestrator of political and military intrigue; the lover, the libertine, the fighter capable of heroism, mercy, ruthlessness. He gives us the man of flesh and blood, worthy of both adoration and anger, seen among his enemies and his partisans.
The story is told in the framework of a fantastic seven months' voyage down the wide Magdalena River from Bogota to the sea. Bolivar, not yet fifty, but made old by the pressures of war, passion, triumph, and treachery, and now forced from power, embarks with his retinue on this journey that is at once a fantasy of triumphal progress from port to port and a nightmare of loss and disillusion. As Bolivar, in the fierce light of death's imminence, reexamines his life—confronting the phantoms of his past, reliving the campaigns that brought him renown and the amorous offensives that colored his sensibility—history rushes in and the reader is immersed in the momentous, decades-long adventure that Bolivar set in motion and that ultimately shaped the destiny of a continent.
GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ WAS born in Aracataca, Colombia, in 1928. He attended the University of Bogot£ and later worked as a reporter for the Colombian newspaper El Espectador and as a foreign correspondent in Rome, Paris, Barcelona, Caracas, and New York. He is the author of many novels and collections of stories—including No One Writes to the Colonel and Other Stories, The Autumn of the Patriarch, Innocent Erendira and Other Stories, In Evil Hour, Leaf Storm and Other Stories, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Love in the Time of Cholera, and One Hundred Years of Solitude. Garcia Marquez was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. He lives in Mexico City.
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