Collected Stories

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9780060913069: Collected Stories

Published together in one volume for the first time, this book contains all the short stories of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Opening with 'The Third Resignation', a strange and haunting tale of a man living his own death, and concluding with the story of Innocent Erendira, the young girl who accidentally burns down the house of her grandmother and is forced into a life of prostitution and slavery to repay her debt, in between come a further twenty-four stories all teeming with invention, fluctuation between despair and optimism. In one a dying senator fins the woman of his life, another a bedraggled angel crash-lands in a village; and 'for all the world's unbelievers', her is the 'true account of Big Mama, absolute sovereign of the Kingdom of Macondo, who lived for ninety-two years, and died in the odour of sanctity last one Tuesday last September, and whose funeral was attended by the Pope'. Marquez's stories, we know, are dazzling; but to read them in this collection is to embark upon a journey deep into the inseparable worlds of reality and illusion which are the hallmark of his fiction, a journey to the heart of consciousness itself. The Collected Stories not only displays the range of his unique talent, it demonstrates a complete vision and is further testimony to the genius of a brilliant myth-maker and master fabulist.

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The twenty-six always compelling, often astonishing, stories in this collection are published in chronological order, so readers can appreciate the Nobel prize-winning writer's progress from early experimentation, to full-blown magical realism. Each tale is not just a read, but an experience: you join a community in the thrall of a corpse in "The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World"; sail through "The Last Voyage of the Ghost Ship" a five-page story written as a single sentence, and feel your way, blinded, through "The Night of the Curlews". 'A single sentence of Garcia Marquez often has more meat to it than many whole novels' - "Observer".

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"Garca Mrquez has extraordinary strength and firmness of imagination and writes with the calmness of a man who knows exactly what wonders he can perform." -- Alfred Kazin, New York Times Book Review

"It is the genius of Garca Mrquez that fatalism and possibility somehow coexist, that dreams redeem, that there is laughter even in death." -- John Leonard, New York Times

"Garc?a M?rquez has extraordinary strength and firmness of imagination and writes with the calmness of a man who knows exactly what wonders he can perform."--Alfred Kazin, New York Times Book Review

"It is the genius of Garc?a M?rquez that fatalism and possibility somehow coexist, that dreams redeem, that there is laughter even in death."--John Leonard, New York Times

"The stories are rich and startling in their matter and confident and eloquent in their manner...They are the word cannot be avoided--magical."--John Updike, The New Yorker

The stories are rich and startling in their matter and confident and eloquent in their manner...They are the word cannot be avoided--magical. --John Updike, The New Yorker"

Garc?a M?rquez has extraordinary strength and firmness of imagination and writes with the calmness of a man who knows exactly what wonders he can perform. --Alfred Kazin, New York Times Book Review"

It is the genius of Garc?a M?rquez that fatalism and possibility somehow coexist, that dreams redeem, that there is laughter even in death. --John Leonard, New York Times"

-The stories are rich and startling in their matter and confident and eloquent in their manner...They are the word cannot be avoided--magical.---John Updike, The New Yorker

-Garc?a M?rquez has extraordinary strength and firmness of imagination and writes with the calmness of a man who knows exactly what wonders he can perform.---Alfred Kazin, New York Times Book Review

-It is the genius of Garc?a M?rquez that fatalism and possibility somehow coexist, that dreams redeem, that there is laughter even in death.---John Leonard, New York Times

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