Living to Tell the Tale | Gabriel García Márquez
He is perhaps the most acclaimed, revered and widely read writer of our time, and in this first volume of a planned trilogy, Gabriel Garcia Marquez begins to tell the story of his life. Living to Tell the Tale spans Marquez’s life from his birth in 1927 through the beginning of his career as a writer to the moment in the 1950s when he proposed to the woman who would become his wife. It is a tale of people, places and events as they occur to him: family, work, politics, books and music, his beloved Columbia, parts of his history until now undisclosed and incidents that would later appear, transmuted and transposed in his fiction. A vivid, powerful, beguiling memoir that gives us the formation of Marquez as a writer and as a man.
Living to Tell the Tale (original Spanish-language title: Vivir para contarla) is the first volume of the autobiography of Gabriel García Márquez.
The book was originally published in Spanish in 2002, with an English translation by Edith Grossman published in 2003.
Living to Tell the Tale tells the story of García Márquez’ life from 1927 through 1950, ending with his proposal to his wife. It focuses heavily on García Márquez’ family, schooling, and early career as a journalist and short story writer, and includes references to numerous real-life events that ended up in his novels in one form or another, including the Banana massacre that appears prominently in One Hundred Years of Solitude and the friend of his whose life and death were the model for Chronicle of a Death Foretold.