Living to Tell the Tale

ISBN: 140003454X
ISBN 13: 9781400034543
By: Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez Edith Grossman

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No writer alive today exerts the magical appeal of Gabriel García Márquez. Now, in the long-awaited first volume of his autobiography, he tells the story of his life from his birth in 1927 to the moment in the 1950s when he proposed to his wife. The result is as spectacular as his finest fiction. Here is García Márquez’s shimmering evocation of his childhood home of Aracataca, the basis of the fictional Macondo. Here are the members of his ebulliently eccentric family. Here are the forces that turned him into a writer. Warm, revealing, abounding in images so vivid that we seem to be remembering them ourselves, Living to Tell the Tale is a work of enchantment.

Reader's Thoughts


I'm sure people will find it crazy, perhaps even a little blasphemous, that as a writer myself I didn't love Gabriel Garcia Marquez's autobiography. Perhaps I wasn't in the correct frame of mind when reading it; perhaps I need to stick to memoirs and avoid autobiographies; who knows? I found it long and tedious in feel, without much to hold my actual interest. Overall, it seemed to slide toward overarching summaries. The parts I did find myself intersted in were more like scenes, detailed and more present in action. Everything else blended together in a blur of long names(many many MANY long names), changing locations, writing escapades, and various levels of poverty. I believe that I should just stick to his short stories, many of which I really do love.


Living to Tell the Tale exceeded my expectations. This was to be the first of the three parts of his memoirs, and the book tells the story of his life from 1927 to mid-1950s. Unfortunately, the first part is all we are going to have. Just as the auto-biography of M K Gandhi that covers only the early part of his life, Gabriel Marquez's auto-biography too is going to be only about the early part of his life.As you go through the pages, you realize that right from his childhood Marquez had both a talent and an inclination to tell a story. For those who have read his novels, there is a lot of interesting material available in these memoirs about some of the influences and experiences shaping the novels. It is amazing how he has dipped into his own experiences and incidents from his life to weave masterful tales that have so profoundly influenced so many readers.Some of the observations in this lucid narration are so poignant that you stop and reread the lines. Here are some such instances:On his decision to be a writer-"But the doctor thought this was splendid proof of an overwhelming vocation: the only force capable of competing with the power of love. And more than any other the artistic vocation, the most mysterious of all, to which one devotes one's entire life without expecting anything in return." (pg 30)On his grandparents (brought to me memories of my own maternal grandparents)-"The impression I have today is that the house and everything in it existed only for him, for it was an exemplary machista marriage in a matriarchal society, in which the man is absolute king of his house but the one who rules is his wife. In short, he was the macho. That is: in private a man of exquisite tenderness that he was ashamed of in public, while his wife burned to make him happy." (pg 80)On the decision to write his first novel-" I imposed it on myself like a vow made in war: I would write it or die. Or as Rilke had said: " If you think you are capable of living without writing, do not write." (pg 98)On his Barranquilla group-"But I believe without any doubt at all that our greatest good fortune was that even in the most extreme difficulties we might lose our patience but never our sense of humor." (pg 106)On boarding school (absolutely loved Gabriel Marquez for this!)-"Dawns in the dormitory had a suspicious resemblance to happiness, except for the lethal bell that sounded alarm- as we used to say- at six in the middle of the night. Only two or three mental defectives would jump out of bed to be first in line for the six showers of icy water in the dormitory bathroom. The rest of us used the time to squeeze out the last drops of sleep until the teacher on duty walked the length of the room pulling the blankets off the sleepers..." (pg 194)On Arabian Nights-" Today, as I review my life, I remember that my conception of the story was elementary despite the many I had read since I was astonished by The Thousand and One Nights. I even dared to think that the marvels recounted by Scheherazade really happened in the daily life of her time, and stopped happening because of the incredulity and realistic cowardice of subsequent generations. By the same token, it seemed impossible that anyone from our time would ever believe again that you could fly over cities and mountains on a carpet, or that a slave from Cartagena de Indias would live for two hundred years in a bottle as a punishment, unless the author of the story could make his readers believe it." (pag 220)On parental pressure-"They judged me by my grades, year after year my parents were proud of the results, they believed I was not only an irreproachable student but also an exemplary friend, the most intelligent and brightest boy, and the one most famous for his congeniality. Or, as my grandmother would say: "The perfect kid.""...the truth was just the opposite. I seemed to be that way because I did not have the courage and sense of independence of my brother Luis Enrique, who did only what he wanted to do. And who without a doubt would achieve a happiness that is not what one desires for one's children but is what allows them to survive the immoderate affections, the irrational fears, and the joyful expectations of their parents." (pg 237)On Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis-"These were mysterious books whose dangerous precipices were not only different from but often contrary to everything I had known until then. It was not necessary to demonstrate facts: it was enough for the author to have written something for it to be true, with no proof other than the power of his talent and the authority of his voice. It was Scheherazade all over again, not in her millenary world where everything was possible but in another irreparable world where everything had already been lost." (pg 247-48)Praise for Marquez's story published in El Espectador-"In the imagination everything can happen, but knowing how to show with naturalness, simplicity, and without fuss the pearl produced there is not something that all twenty-year-old boys just beginning their relationship with letters can accomplish." (pg 251)On his failed attempt at crime reporting at El Espectador-"...crime reporting, so well established among readers, was a difficult specialization that required a certain kind of character and an impregnable heart. I never attempted it again." (pg 436)It is not hard to imagine Marquez failing at crime reporting. This master storyteller is a softie. The one quality to me that stands out in his writings is the unmistakable humanity, the heart, and the feeling. So much is written about the device of magic realism he employs in his works. I think it is the grace and intensity in every sentence that he writes that makes it possible for him to effortlessly blend the everyday stuff with the miraculous. In his Nobel Prize acceptance speech Marquez sought to draw attention to the significance of his writing as something more than merely its literary expression.Here is what he said in that speech-"I dare to think that it is this outsized reality, and not just its literary expression, that has deserved the attention of the Swedish Academy of Letters. A reality not of paper, but one that lives within us and determines each instant of our countless daily deaths, and that nourishes a source of insatiable creativity, full of sorrow and beauty, of which this roving and nostalgic Colombian is but one cipher more, singled out by fortune. Poets and beggars, musicians and prophets, warriors and scoundrels, all creatures of that unbridled reality, we have had to ask but little of imagination, for our crucial problem has been a lack of conventional means to render our lives believable. This, my friends, is the crux of our solitude."Link to my blog-


this has been, without a doubt, the best autobiography that i have ever read. not only that it offers you an endless amount of details about Marquez himself and the influences that made him become a writer, it is also a fine analysis of the political and economical situation of the XXth century Columbia. Alternating between these two very interesting topics, Marquez makes the writer feel what he felt and see what he saw when he was younger. his life, like most lives of the biggest writers of our world, has been a roller coaster of emotion, putting him through all sorts of situations and giving him the experience of poverty, pain, loneliness and most importantly for a writer, the experience of vision, of dream. i once saw in an interview that he said : "from the moment i was born, i knew i wanted to be a writer". you can clearly see here how early and abnormally his passion for the written word started and how obsessed he became with the mystery of stories. the autobiography is written in a very objective manner, and there's a very good reason for that. scattered throughout you can find things that different writers or friends of Marquez said to him, about him. in general, these things imply that he is a phenomenal writer, that his future is set to be bright, a prognosis of an influencial literary life and the conclusion that, no matter how tough things might be for him now (in his twenties), his talent can only be explained by a lucky star that nobody can interfere with, all these told to him before he turned 25 years old. no matter how he ended up changing the cultural face of the XXth century, any young man can be easily influenced by these kinds of premature certainties. i'm sure that Marquez himself found solace in those predictions when times were tough, but his constant work and dedication become that much more worthy of praise. years later, when he wrote this biography, he simply had to be objective. anything more than a simple reminder of those lines would have looked too much like infatuation, ruining an otherwise coldly-written tale. i feel so sorry that it stopped when he was barely thirty, and now we'll probably never have the next parts of Marquez's story written by himself.and on top of all that is amazing in this book, there's one more thing that makes this a master's work - it doesn't feel like just a biography. its texture is transcending factual matters and revolves around a world that seems almost as mystical as the one who wrote about it. in that sense, if not in others, this is not just a biography. i sometimes wonder how it feels to be respected and loved by such an extraordinary man as Marquez was. to be a part of his autobiography is to be a part of this world's greatest literature. the men and women who influenced him might never know how they shaped our world's literary boundaries. only we, the ones who read, will ever be in debt to them.

mai ahmd

لم تزدني سيرة ماركيز إلا عشقا لهذا الكاتب العظيم

Basim Nightbird

مش ممكن يعني ماركيز دا :)ساحر و نو كمنت

Tarun Rattan

Once you read this book, you'll understand Gabriel's novels better. This memoir details how that foundation was laid on which Gabriel built the edifice of such fascinating works as Thousand years of solitude. The places & events like Macondo & plantation massacre you realise were real events which were dramatized so fantastically by the author. You can discern the traces of author's family in the characters mentioned in those novels.More ever this memoir documents the process which made Gabriel Marquez into the author he became later. The passion, the fortitude, the toil needed to become the person one wants is so truthfully documented by the author.This book makes you aware that even ordinary life can be fascinating, the small events that we hardly bother to notice can also play an important part in our later life. How our childhood moulds our adult life, how our family influences our thought processes & lastly the friends whose company provides us with confidence to go and conquer the world. This book confirms that and will help you view your life with that more clarity.Do read this book to gain insights into the mind of the greatest story teller of our times and then contemplate the wonder that is life.

عمر الخير

عزيزي ماركيز عندي مشكلة مع كتابتك هناك حائل غير مرئي يجعل مركز الأستمتاع بجمجمتي لا يستسغ ما سطرته احبارك ولكن القلب لا يبالي بكل هذا ومازل يحتفظ لك بمكانتك علك الأن بين حقول الموز ترقد في ظلالها أو تركض بين اشجارها أو ترمم منزل والدتك الغالية الذي ورثته عن جدك في حياة اخري، بعالم افضل لذلك اتمنى الا تصلك كلماتي هذة من عالمي فتلوث عالمكم الأفضل رحمك الله


Not the most pretentious of memoirs, but it was boring as fuck half the time. The writing is loose and tedious, and I haven't seen this much name-dropping since Glamorama. Hard to keep up, unless you're a hardcore Garcia Marquez fan.

Andrés Velázquez

En la sinopsis se define a este libro como una visita guiada a la obra de García Márquez, lo cual me parece muy acertado. En muchos pasajes de este libro uno puede encontrar el génesis de cada uno de los trabajos que conforman la vida profesional de este autor. Aparte de ello es una autobiografía que muestra una visión más integra del autor antes de entrar de lleno a la literatura como el gran autor que es.Debo decir que al mismo tiempo esta obra es un verdadero desmadre al no mantener un hilo narrativo fijo y solo dedicarse a saltar de una anecdota a otra, sin embargo demuestra lo intensa que ha sido la vida de este autor. Vida que muchas veces supera en intensidad a la ficción que crea a través de sus letras.Luego y a riesgo de ser odiado por la comunidad de Goodreads, me dejo con la pregunta obligada, ¿Porque carajo sus novelas llegan a ser tan aburridas en su afán de ser costumbrista, teniendo una vida tan impresionante y rica?, La verdad sea dicha una de las más grandes virtudes de este trabajo es no ser una novela. Ya a modo de cierre si recomiendo este libro tanto a los fanáticos de la obra en general de García Márquez como a los que, como en mi caso, gustan de manera más concreta de sus cuentos cortos (que es a mi parecer donde verdaderamente brilla el genio de García Márquez). Sin embargo sí se trata de un libro para profundizar sobre todo en el universo del autor por lo que no recomiendo que sea este el libro con el que alguien pudiera tener una primera aproximación.


Îmi aduc aminte că m-am întâlnit fix înainte să plec în Barcelona cu prietena mea Ilinca care mi-a spus că a citit autobiografia lui Marquez și că i-a plăcut foarte mult. Îi spuneam că și eu îmi doresc de mult să o citesc, iar după multe luni mă găsesc scriind recenzia cărții.M-a suprins foarte tare această carte. S-a dovedit a fi complet diferită față de ceea ce îmi imaginam eu înainte de a o cumpăra. Vivir para contarla prezintă parte din viața lui Gabriel Garcia Marquez așa cum și-o amintește acesta din copilărie până ce trecuse de vreo 26 de ani.Ce m-a surprins atât de tare? În primul rând, omul ce stă în spatele atâtor rânduri inspirate și mitice pe care le-am citit. Mi-aș fi imaginat că Marquez este oricum mai puțin timid. Mi-aș fi imaginat că un om care a înregistrat succesul lui posedă o încredere interioară foarte greu de combătut. Cartea mi-a demonstrat că nu. Refuz totuși să cred că timiditatea este ceva ce nu poate fi vindecată. Prefer să consider că în cazul lui a fost mai mult vorba despre concentrarea energiei înspre direcția scrisului și neglijarea persoanei.În al doilea rând, m-a impresionat activitatea jurnalistică. Recunosc că am avut ceva flash-back-uri de la orele din liceu de română când vorbeam despre direcția literară și jurnalistică în România. Marquez a ilustrat jurnalismul ca pe un copil. Un copil pe care nu l-a vrut, pe care a încercat să-l schimbe, dar pe care a ajuns să-l reinventeze și să-l iubească.În al treilea rând, sărăcia. Sper deosebire de alte cărți pe care le-am citit unde sărăcia apare ca o boală contagioasă, în cartea lui Marquez ea este o stare materială care nu provoacă nici un efect major asupra scriitorului. Nu cred că am mai întâlnit o așa desprindere de lucrurile materiale. Ca și cum ar fi trăit într-o lume paralelă.Printre familia numeroasă, război și revoluții, amoruri și cronici, Marquez reușește să ilustreze o Columbia mai reală decât în celelalte opere, dar cu siguranță mult mai magică decât e în realitate. E de citit pentru cei care vor să se convingă că e posibil să nu te lași afectat sau impresionat de ceea ce ți se întâmplă sau pentru cei care vor să vadă un exemplu despre ceea ce înseamnă a trăi în cel mai pur și unic sens al cuvântului.

Orhun Cakmak

Yavaş yavaş Marquez'den okunacak kitap sayısı azalıyor, problem değil aslında bu -zira üstadın kitapları defalarca okunmalı; Yüzyıllık Yalnızlık, Kolera Günlerinde Aşk, Aşk ve Öbür Cinler, Kırmızı Pazartesi başta olmak üzere- Bu kez zihninin depoladığı ya da zihin arkadaşlarının depolayabildiği yaşamının önemli parçalarını kendi öz yaşam öyküsü olarak anlatmış Gabo'muz. Ve öyle bir şey oldu ki bu okuma, yazmış olduğu o büyülü hikayelerinin hepsinin gerçekçi ve resmi bir altyapıdan dönüşüm geçirerek kağıdın üzerinde hürriyete kavuştuğunu belirtmeliyim. Ve çağımızın en iyi hikaye anlatıcısının tanık olduklarıyla bir dönemin Latin Amerikası hakkında ön bilgi sahibi olurken, bir yandan zihninden süzülüp gelen yaşam cümbüşüyle o coğrafyanın insanlarıyla kaynaşıyoruz fakat en önemlisi yazar olma peşindeki birinin açlıkla cebelleştiği, fedakarlıklarla dolu yaşamına uçuyoruz. Duru bir yaşam Marquez'in anlattığı. İnsanların davranışları, tepkileri o kadar gerçekçi ki bizzat sizin tanık olduğunuz olayları size anımsatıyor gibi. Sosyal yaşamı, değiştirdikleri okullar ve ailesi hakkındaki o samimi bilgileri burada paylaşmaktansa ben kitapları ve yaşadıklarıyla olan o ilişkiyle sürdürmek istiyorum bu yazıyı. -Kolera Günlerinde Aşkı okuyanlar ya da filmini izleyenler bilir, Doktor Urbino ağaçtaki papağanı almak üzere merdivenden çıkarken düşer ve yaşamını kaybeder. Marquez'in dedesi de aynı şekilde bir kaza geçiriyor fakat yaşamına engel oluşturan bir kaza olmuyor bu.-Marquez'in annesi ve babası karşı çıkılan bir evliliğin zorluklarla bir araya gelen aşıkları oluyor. Her ne kadar kitabım İzmit'deki evimde kaldığı için hatırlamakta zorlansam da Ursula ve Jose Arcadio Buendia'nın da benzer olaylardan geçtiğini hatırlıyorum. Ayrıca Kolera Günlerinde Aşk'da da benzer bir motif söz konusuydu. Evlilik başa bela imiş anlaşılan o yılların Kolombiyası'nda.-Yüzyıllık Yalnızlığın fantastik kasabası Macondo, Aracataca'daki bir çiftliğin adı.-Muz Fabrikasındaki devlet katliamı gerçekten var olan fakat asla aydınlatılmayan bir olay.-Albay Aureliona gibi dedesinin de gümüş balıklar yaptığı bir atölyesi var. Sadece zaman geçirmek ve sıkıntısını atabilmek için işliyor atölyeyi. -Yüzyıllık Yalnızlığın o efsanevi olayı 'horoz dövüşü' sonrası Jose Arcadio Buendia'nın canını aldığı Jose Prudencio Aguilar olayını okuyanlar hatırlar. Marquez'in dedesi de Medardo Pacheco adındaki bir adamla siyasi bir olay nedeniyle tartışır ve birbirlerini düelloya davet ederler. Günler sonra dedesi adamı öldürür. Yüzyıllık Yalnızlık'daki Prudencio Aguilar'da ölen adamın torunun adı, ve o olaydan yıllar yılı sonra Marquez'le karşılaşıp 3 gün 3 gece boyunca anıları yad ederler..-Gabo'nun çok güzel olan kuzeni Ena 25 yaşında erkenden hayata veda eder. Belki de Yüzyıllık Yalnızlık'ın güzeller güzeli Remedios, Ena'yı kitapta yaşamıştır, zira o kadar güzeldir ki Remedios fazla gelir yaşamı dünyaya ve rüzgarla taşınıp uçar gökyüzüne doğru.-Yüzyıllık Yalnızlık'ı okuyanlar hatırlar Pilar Ternera ismini. Buendia soy ağacını belirleyen kadınlardan biri olmuştur bu, dul kalıp yalnızlaşan kadın. Marquez'in babannesi 14 yaşında ilkokul öğretmeniyle yatar ve daha sonra hiç evlenmeden beş oğlu ve iki kızı olmuştur.-Marquez'in dedesininde Albay Aureliona gibi başka kadınlardan olan çocukları var ve onlarda ziyaretlerine geldiklerinde evde muhteşem bir karnaval havası oluyor.-Kırmızı Pazartesi kitabını okuyanlar Santiago Nasar'ın nasıl bir ölümle yüzleştiğini hatırlayacaktır. O ölümü de yıllar yılı haber yapmamak için uğraşmışz gazeteci olduğu dönemlerde Marquez. Ölüm anları o kadar benzer ki tekrar hatırladım Nasar'ı. Ölmek kuşkusuz bu dünyada bırakılanlarla sakıncalı bir durum haline gelebiliyor fakat genç ve masum biri öldüğünde sakıncalı olan dünya için oluyor olmalı...Bunlarla beraber 9 Nisan'da politikacı Gaitan'ın öldürülmesiyle başlayan olaylarla başlayan isyanlarla bir ülkenin politik gerilimleri, tüylerimizi diken diken ediyor. Özellikle 60-80 li yılların Türkiyesi akıllara geliyor tüm bunlar olurken. Gaitan öldüğünde o sırada henüz 20li yaşlarında olan Fidel'de Kolombiya'dadır. Ve son olarak bu duru yaşam, Marquez'in eğitim konusunda kendisine yönelik eleştirisi, yüzmeyi bilmemesi, Faulkner'in Ses ve Öfke, James Joyce'un Ulysses eserlerine olan büyük ilgisi ve o kitapları ilk romanına başladığı dönemlerde tekrardan okuyup büyük faydalarını görmesi; benim de pek sevdiğim Mrs. Dalloway'deki Septimus karakteri ve süregelen anılar boyunca insanın onunla ortak olabildiği noktalar yakalaması.. Evet Latin Amerikanın biriciki, bir gün görüşeceğiz, mutlaka olacak bu; nerede veya nasıl olacağı kimin umrunda?


لا أستطيع على وجه الدقة تذكر الكُتّاب و الروائيين الذي قرأت لهم طوال السنوات المنصرمة من حياتي القرائية ، أعني أولئك الذين أعاصرهم الآن ، لأنني لم أكترث شخصياً لكونهم موتى في التُراب أم أحياء عليها ، كانت قرائتي لهم تكفي أحياناً لأشعر بهم أحياء في لحظات ، ثم موتى في لحظات أخرى ، - هذه طريقتي للعبث بالحيوات من حولي - على أية حال ، هذا الأمر لا ينطبق على " غابرييل غاريسا ماركيز ، لسبب ما صبحتُ أكترثُ لكوني أعاصره ، كنت أهمس لنفسي قائلة : لكم أنتِ محظوظة يا روح . لقد إستطعتِ على الأقل معاصرة ماركيز - وإن لم تكن معاصرةً تامة - بينما الأجيال القادمة لن تتسنى لهم هذه الفرصة - إنه الشعور ذاته لأننا لم نعاصر دوستويفيسكي - سيتناقلون فقط وجود كاتب كولومبي قد كتب عدة روايات مُذهلة و روى سيرته بشيء من التفصيل و الإسهاب المُذهلين في كتابه : عشت لأروي ، و إنتهت حياته بإعتزال الكتابة بسبب خرفٍ أصابه و أفقده عقله وودع قرائه بـ بتحية وداعية جميلة ! ، رُبما حينها تنقرض كُتبه إلا قليلاً ، و سيتدافع قُراء العالم بحثاً عنها، بينما بحوزتك أنتِ كتاب ثمين له لن ترضي بإعارته أبداً ، و ستحتفظين به في القبو أو في علية المنزل مع بقية الكُتب الورقية النادرة ، وتأذنين في نهاية المطاف أن تورث كتبك لأكثر أحفادك حُباً بالقراءة وولعاً بها ، وتأخذين عهد وفاء منه أن يحفظها بعيداً عن أعين المتطفلين ممن إدعوا أن عصر الورق و الكُتب الورقية قد انقضى إلى غير رجعة بينما هم يتراكضون للحصول عليها لأنها بطبيعة الحال أصبحت مواداً جيدة للمتاحف الأثرية .تجاوزاً للمبالغات أعلاه ، ماركيز مُدهش بمَ يكفي ليجعلني أكتب مراجعتي له و أنا ما زلت أقرأ الكِتاب لرغبتي المُلحة في أن أكتب ما قد لا تتسنى لي كتابته لاحقاً حينما أنتهي ، غابرييل ماركيز الروائي الكولومبي الذي لم أقرأ له أياً من روايته حتى الآن رغم معرفتي المُسبقة بروايته الأكثر تداولاً على مسامعي : مئة عام من العزلة ، سرد في كتابه عشت لأروي حياته الصاخبة و تاريخ أجداده و والديه ببراءة طفل في قرية آراكاتاكا في كنف جديّه و إنتقاله إلى منزل والديه مُجدداً بعد أن وارى جسد جده التُراب ثم بروح شاب جامح مدمن للسيجار و الكتب في آن واحد ذو محاولات صحفية مع زُمرة من الأصدقاء " المجانين " الذين بسبب أسمائهم العصية على التذكر لاأستطيع تميزهم دون أحداثٍِ وصفات معينة أربطها بكل فرد منهم . ليصبح في نهاية عقده الثالث صحفياً مشهوراً مولعاً بالصحافة ومدمناً لها . أصدقاء ماركيز كانوا العون الأكبر في حياته بالإضافة لـ طفولته مع جده و مراهقته وتنقالته الكثيرة بين المدارس و المدن الكولومبية بخلاف تأثير والديه اليسير جداً الذي اعترف بين سطورها بأنه لم يقضي معهما و مع أخوته العشرة الآخرين أكثر من ثلاث سنوات في أوقات متفرقة . أحيا ماركيز خلال الصفحات شعوراً غريزياً في داخلي كنت قد أخمدته مُنذ بعض الوقت بالإلتفات لكل شيء من حولي كما لو أنه مادة جيدة للكتابة عنه ما دمتَ تمتلك القُدرة الأدبية لذلك و ألقى بين السطور عبارة أسطورية دعمت بها بعض قناعاتي و أزيد عليها في قوله : " علمتني الحياة نفسها أن أحد أكثر الأسرار فائدة في الكتابة ، هو تعلم قراءة رموز الواقع دون توجيه أسئلة " . رغبتُ لو أنني لم أحسم نجمة إلا أنني أريد أن أعترف بشعوري بالضجر في الفقرات المتفرقة التي ذكر فيها الأحداث السياسية و الثورية بين الحزب المحافظ والحزب الآخر الليبرالي في كولومبيا ولأنه بسبب الأسماء " الصعبة أيضاً " لم أستطع أن أربط الأحداث ببعضها فتتفرق لدي الطرق في السطور و أشعر بأنني بالكاد أتذكر ما قرأته لتوي بالإضافة أنني لم أوفق لمعرفة دقيقة بقصة الرئاسة المأساوية الذي جاهد ماركيز ليفهمنا إياها بين سطور كتابه ، على أية حال ، كان لهذه الأحداث تأثير في تنقلات ماركيز وحياته فكان مُجبراً على سردها . شُكراً غابرييل غاريسا ماركيز لأن قرائتك كانت مُدهشة وملهمة و أنني لم أندم ، شُكراً صالح علماني لأن بفضل ترجمتك إستطعت أن أقرأه بلغة أدبية باذخة متقنة كل الإتقان. شكراً شكراً

Alfredo Scognamiglio

Il mio omaggio a "Gabo" è fatto!Ho letto questo libro di Marquez per rendergli onore nei giorni della sua morte, essendo uno dei pochi che non avevo ancora letto.Si tratta della sua autobiografia scritta come un romanzo, e vi si ritrovano tutte le atmosfere ben note ai suoi lettori. Macondo, Aureliano Buendia, le terre del "latino america" sono grazie a lui diventati un archetipo della nostra mente, della memoria collettiva del mondo intero, ed in questo libro ritroviamo tutti questi luoghi della mente e del cuore anche se con i nomi cambiati.Per essere una autobiografia questa storia è fin troppo un romanzo e ci si lascia accompagnare lungo la storia con tenerezza e pace interiore, anche quando i fatti raccontati sono tutt'altro che sereni.Bello, si è un bel libro, ma se qualcuno volesse approcciarsi a Marquez per la prima volta suggerirei di partire dai capolavori per entrare nel suo mondo.Cent'anni di solitudine, Cronaca di una morte annunciata, L'amore ai tempi del colera ...Scegliete con calma e godetevi uno squarcio di "paradiso terrestre".Alla prossima puntata con "Scintille" di Gad Lerner. Mannaggia! Ma come ho fatto a prendere in mano un'altra autobiografia? Vabbuò capita.


Este libro son dos. El primero es un reportaje a los pueblos colombianos grandes (como Bogota) y chicos (como Cataca) a traves de los recuerdos de infancia y juventud de GGM. Precisamente uso la palabra reportaje porque es en lo que Garcia Marquez mas brilla: cuenta las aventuras y tropiezos de su familia con una humanidad que solo el puede transmitir. Y no solo la humanidad de los personajes! A traves de la primera parte del libro uno se encuentra con la humanidad intrinseca de un barco de vapor, de un pueblo en decadencia, de un chinchorro, de un puteadero. Sobra decir que disfrute mucho esa primera parte.El segundo libro esta intercalado con el primero sin que se noten mucho las costuras, y en el se detalla la vida social y literaria de GGM, enmarcadas por la impersonalidad y dureza de Bogota, Barranquilla y Cartagena, mientras (dandose palo todo el camino) cuenta como fue construyendo su legado poco a poco, a partir de editoriales, reportajes y cuentos muy a pesar de El Bogotazo y La Violencia. El libro termina cuando el revolu ocasionado por uno de sus reportajes (Relato de un naufrago) causa su repentina partida hacia Europa.Mientras el primer libro toco una fibra muy personal (una que debe quedar muy al lado de la patria y la infancia), el segundo me satisfizo literariamente justo donde otro muy mentado libro fracaso estrepitosamente. Me refiero a Los Detectives Salvajes. Mientras luchaba contra Los detectives salvajes, me daba cuenta de una manera muy impersonal que habia nostalgias, admiraciones, ennui que suponia que tenian que ser despertadas (muy aparte de la calidad tecnica de Bolano) y que espere hasta la ultima pagina que llegaran. Llegaron unos meses despues, con Vivir para contarla, con la ventaja innegable de conocer la geografia del libro y las Dramatis Personae. Tal vez por eso entiendo que a mucha gente este libro ni le va ni le viene. Y de pronto tengo que vivir en el DF un par de anos para ver donde carajos queda la calle Colima en la colonia Condesa.

Khalaf Alshammari

سيرة ذاتية بنكهة الرواية للكاتب الكبير ماركيز يدون بها ذكرياته من الطفولة إلى نهاية العشرينيات من عمره تقريبا. رغم كثرة الأحداث والتفاصيل والأسماء والشخصيات، يحافظ المؤلف على اهتمامك في معظم أجزاء الكتاب لعمق المشاعر التي كتب بها، ولاكتشافك أن الكثير من مؤلفاته وشخصيات رواياته كانت مستمدة من أشخاص حقيقيين وأحداث من حياته أو حياتهم. لا زلت مترددا في اختيار أيهما أفضل: البدء بقراءة هذه المذكرات أولاً قبل قراءة رواياته (وخاصة مائة عام من العزلة) ، أو قراءة الروايات أولاً قبل هذه الكتاب ؟عن نفسي، سأطبق الخيار الثالث: الروايات أولا.. ثم هذه المذكرات.. ثم الاستمتاع بقراءة الروايات مرة أخرى برؤية جديدة !

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