Garcia Marquez’s ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’

Professor Gerald Martin gave a captivating talk and shared reflections on Latin America’s first literary global village fifty years after its first publication.

About the speaker

Gerald Martin is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Modern Languages Emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh. He lives in Hampshire. He has been writing and speaking on Latin American literature, history and culture for the past fifty years.

Between 1990 and 2007 he made frequent visits to Colombia to research a biography of Gabriel García Márquez, the country’s Nobel Prize winning writer and possibly the best loved and most influential novelist of the past fifty years. He conducted almost four hundred interviews, including all the recent presidents of Colombia, Fidel Castro and Felipe González. The book was published in 2008, to widespread acclaim, and has been translated into twenty-five languages. (He is currently completing a biography of Mario Vargas Llosa.)

“One Hundred Years of Solitude”, published in 1967, has often been called “Latin America’s ‘Don Quixote’”. Professor Martin will examine the novel’s unique contribution to world literature. He will speak for 30 or 40 minutes and leave plenty of time for questions about all aspects of the great Colombian novelist’s life and work.