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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf; First Edition edition (Jun 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375400516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375400513
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 16.8 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,394,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gabriel García Márquez was born in Aracataca, Colombia, in 1928.

He has written a great number of books, including the masterpiece One Hundred Years of Solitude, and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. He now lives in Mexico City.

Márquez studied at the University of Bogotá 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. His first full-length work, One Hundred Years of Solitude, was published in 1967 to immediate worldwide success. The book is perhaps the prime example of Márquez's remarkable ability to present the supernatural as mundane and the mundane as supernatural. It chronicles the history of a family in the fictional town of Macondo - the loves, hates, rivalries, wars, successes and failures. The novel is an example of postmodernism, treating time with ambiguity and crossing genres and narrative styles. Salman Rushdie has described the book as "the greatest novel in any language of the last fifty years".

Another of Márquez's masterworks, Love in the Time of Cholera, was published to widespread acclaim in 1985. The book, a complex and compelling study of the myths we make about love, is less fantastical than One Hundred Years of Solitude but just as luminous and unique.He is the author of several novels and collections of stories, including Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Leaf Storm, No One Writes to the Colonel, In Evil Hour, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Innocent Eréndira and Other Stories, The Autumn of the Patriach,News of a Kidnapping, The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor, Love in the Time of Cholera, The General in His Labyrinth, Strange Pilgrims, Of Love and Other Demons and the first first volume of his autobiography,Living to Tell the Tale. His most recent book is, Memories of my Melancholy Whores.

Many of his books are published by Penguin.

Nobel Prize for Literature



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Marquez uses his novelist's instinct for emotional drama to give the reader a wonderfully immediate sense of his subjects' ordeal: their spiraling hopes and fears, their fantasies of escape, their desperation and despair. (New York Times) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Gabriel García Márquez was born in Aracataca, Colombia, in 1927. He studied at the National University of Colombia at Bogota 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 several novels and collections of stories, including Eyes of a Blue Dog (1947), Leaf Storm (1955), No One Writes to the Colonel (1958),In Evil Hour (1962), Big Mama's Funeral (1962), One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), Innocent Erendira and Other Stories (1972), The Autumn of the Patriarch (1975), Chronicle of a Death Foretold (1981), Love in the Time of Cholera (1985), The General in His Labyrinth (1989), Strange Pilgrims(1992), Of Love and Other Demons (1994) and Memories of My Melancholy Whores (2005). Many of his books are published by Penguin. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. Gabriel García Márquez died in 2014. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Nov 2003
Format: Paperback
This book tells the story of a group of people kidnapped by Pablo Escobar, the world's most notorious drug dealer, as bargaining chips in his bid not to be extradited from Colombia to the US.
I read this book after I married a woman from Medellin whose family had been through the pain of a relative's kidnapping (thankfully only for ten days). I bought it on Friday night and had read it by Monday morning, it is genuinely a book you do not want to put down.
Garcia Marquez really gets to the heart of the issue and gets across the personal feelings experienced by the hostages... and also their families, politicians, the kidnappers etc. His writing is fantastic and keeps you engaged at all times.
The book is deeply sad but also heart-warming and I occassionally found myself laughing out loud as I read it. It brings home to the reader how important the things we take for granted actually are compared with the trivia we tend to get most wound up/excited about.
I highly recommend it to everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Baillie Strong on 6 Feb 2005
Format: Paperback
Garcia Marquez returns to his original vocation as a journalist for this book, mixing factual reporting with narrative in documenting a series of kidnappings that took place during the turbulent period in Colombia at the beginning of the 90s.
It's an interesting idea to merge the two styles, providing the oppertunity to gain a deeper understanding of the reality that the victims had to endure and the events that occured in the wider context of the kidnappings; However, there was a sense of detachment throughout the whole book with the characters, who never really seemed to come to life....
Nevertheless, the book does go some way in conveying the complex political situations that occured during that time in an understable way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mykey on 17 Feb 2012
Format: Hardcover
You are welcome to Colombia: a home of green land, bright sun and blue seas. The creatures of the environment enjoy the cool air and tales told by the whispering trees. Things changed as time progressed. The birth of one man changed the beautiful face that was once Colombia. The man's name is Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria. He changed the scheme of things and introduced a monstrous existence with his mixed acts--drug sales, murder, kidnapping and internecine wars.

Give it to Gabriel Marquez narrating the ordeal faced by some citizens during these ugly times with an angry-beautiful pen. He was vested with the job of narrating things as they were in those bloody years in Medellin, Colombia. As usual, he didn't fail the reader. Every page flourishes like a flower with a thorny stem.

The kidnapped characters in the book begin to lose their mental stability as they were isolated and put away from the outside world's reality. After they were release, one could still feel their suffering as they struggled with memory and fitting into normal live. Columbia, one may conclude, will never forget those years with a book like this.

It is a story worth reading!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Luc REYNAERT TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 May 2010
Format: Paperback
Within the violent framework of a Colombian State with a government without credibility, an ineffective judicial system and the abysmal level of its security forces, G.G. Márquez brushed a poignant picture of the war on drug trafficking with in depth portraits of the kidnapped, the traffickers, their foot folk, the civil authorities and the judges involved.

Drug trading means easy money, which is more harmful than the narcotics themselves. It provokes a social breakdown. It becomes a waste of time learning to read and to write. One can live a better life as a criminal than as a law-abiding citizen. The law becomes one's greatest obstacle to happiness.
The drug traffickers were unable to distinguish between good and evil.
Their foot folk (the guards) knew that they were going to die young and cared only about living for the moment.
Many of the judges and the magistrates had the choice between being bribed or being killed. Their salaries were barely enough to live on, but not to pay for the education of their children.
The government (and its president) changed tactics in the drug war. Drug traffickers could be extradited to the US, where they faced harsh sentences (P. Escobar: `We prefer a grave in Colombia to a cell in the US.') Those who surrendered and confessed to their crimes could receive the right not to be extradited.
The kidnapped lived a disturbing nightmare swinging between hope (to be released) and fear (to be killed).

With the kidnappings the Extradites (mainly P. Escobar) tried to force the government to grant them an irrevocable right not to be extradited and to have the right to choose their prison.
But power is a double-edged sword; one wields it and one is wounded by it.

With its news dispatches balancing between alarmingly bad and slightly hopeful messages G. G. Márquez wrote a remarkably realist psycho-thriller on a shaken society.
A must read for all lovers of world literature.
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By Teapot on 21 Aug 2007
Format: Paperback
In News of a Kidnapping, Gabriel Garcia Marquez rewinds temporarily and returns to his journalistic roots, covering the personal histories of some of the most notorious kidnap victims in contemporary Colombian history. Whilst in the foreground, Gabriel Garcia Marquez leads us through the horror of the daily lives of several of Escobar's most prominent kidnap victims, he carefully paints Colombia's political and social backdrop, revealing the part these victims had to play in the terrible tug-of-war that took place between the country's most prominent druglords (most noteably Pablo Escobar) and Colombian government.
Although unaccustomed to his journalistic style, I really enjoyed reading this book and really appreciated that it was so cold and clear and stripped of any magical realism and folklore.
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