Unraveling the Labyrinthine Life of a Magical Realist
Gerald Martin’s biography of Gabriel García Márquez is the authoritative English-language study of the Colombian literary superstar, written by the ideal man for the job.return encodeURIComponent('Books of The Times');
By JANET MASLIN, Published in The New York Times: May 27, 2009
The author Gabriel García Márquez in the mid-1940s.
This intensive, assured, penetratingly analytical book will be the authoritative English-language study of Mr. García Márquez until Mr. Martin can complete an already 2,000-page, 6,000-footnote version “in a few more years, if life is kind.”
That kind of bluntness runs throughout “Gabriel García Márquez: A Life,” and it is essential to the book’s success. The last thing this literary lion needed was a fawning, accommodating Boswell. Nor did he need a biographer eager to show off his own flair. When writing about Mr. García Márquez, king of the magical realists, Mr. Martin understands that it is best to stick to the facts and skip the fancy footwork.