From one of the
titans of twentieth-century literature, collected here for the first
time: a selection of his journalism from the late 1940s to the
mid-1980s--work that he considered even more important to his legacy
than his universally acclaimed works of fiction.
"I don't want
to be remembered for One Hundred Years of Solitude or for the Nobel
Prize but rather for my journalism," Gabriel García Márquez
said in the final years of his life. And while some of his
journalistic writings have been made available over the years, this
is the first volume to gather a representative selection from across
the first four decades of his career--years during which he worked as
a full-time, often muckraking, and controversial journalist, even as
he penned the fiction that would bring him the Nobel Prize in 1982.
Here are the first pieces he wrote while working for newspapers in
the coastal Colombian cities of Cartagena and Barranquilla . . . his
longer, more fictionlike reportage from Paris and Rome . . . his
monthly columns for Spain's El País. And while all the work points
in style, wit, depth, and passion to his fiction, these fifty pieces
are, more than anything, a revelation of the writer working at the
profession he believed to be "the best in the world."