This book offers discussion and analysis of the subtle writing of Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez - a traditionalist who draws from classic Western texts, a Modernist committed to modernizing the conservative literary tradition in Colombia and Latin America, an internationally recognized major writer of the 1960s Boom, the key figure in popularizing what has been called "magic realism" and, finally, a Modernist who has occasionally engaged in some of the strategies of the postmodern. The author demonstrates that Garcia Marquez is above all a committed and highly accomplished Modernist fiction writer who has successfully synthesized his political vision in his writing and absorbed a vast array of cultural and literary traditions. Drawing on Garcia Marquez's interviews with Williams and others over the years, the book also explores the importance of the non-literary, the presence of oral tradition and the visual arts, thus providing a more complete insight into Garcia Marquez's strategies as a Modernist with heterogeneous aesthetic interests, as well as an understanding of his social and political preoccupations.
RAYMOND LESLIE WILLIAMS is Professor of Latin American Literature at the University of California, Riverside.
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