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Gabriel García Márquez Dies at 87Influential Latin American Writer

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Posted 20 April 2014 - 07:17 PM

I'm embarrassed to admit I've read no Calvino, only Gore Vidal's fine essay on his work.


You've obviously read a whole lot else. Invisible Cities is short and is composed of many short chapters. As with Marquez, the writing is beautiful and evocative.  

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Posted 21 April 2014 - 04:22 AM

An interview with his translator.


What do English speakers miss by reading García Márquez’s work in English? What is lost in translation?

I try not to think about what is lost but what is gained. For the reader who doesn’t know Spanish, this is a chance to read books that otherwise would be out of reach; for English, translation adds to the expressive capability of the language by introducing elements that might not have been there otherwise.



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Posted 21 April 2014 - 09:44 AM

Jon Lee Anderson's 1999 profile for The New Yorker (summary only; full article available online only to subscribers).


Garcia Marquez’s views have enormous weight in Latin America. His prestige is such that he has the trust of both governments and revolutionaries... He recently established the Foundation for New Ibero-American Journalism in Cartagena. The town is a so-called safe haven for tourists... Cartagena has also become his large family’s de-facto headquarters. He is the eldest of eleven children, all but one of whom are still alive. His ninety-four-year-old mother and most of his siblings still live along the coast. Tells about his childhood years in the town of Aracataca, which writer visits... Mentions its role in the writing of “One Hundred Years of Solitude”.


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