New Book Explores the Journalism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

the Journalism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Many people might not know that Gabriel García Márquez, author of magical realism hallmarks One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, divides his time between fiction and journalism. An upcoming book aims to shed new light on García Márquez's career in reportage, which has been a lifelong pursuit.

The Huffington Post reports that Gabo Periodista-- Gabo being the author's nickname, periodista being the Spanish word for journalist-- will hit bookshelves in García Márquez's home country of Columbia on December 10th, to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the writer nabbing the 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature. A U.S. release is slated for sometime in 2013, according to Columbia Reports.

The 512-page volume was assembled by the New Iberoamerican Journalism Foundation, which García Márquez founded. It will feature articles by the author alongside commentary and analysis from journalists Jon Lee Anderson and Alma Guillermoprieto, amongst others.

The Foundation says the book "explores the lesser known side of the well-known author" and "is intended to facilitate access to the best writings of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's journalism, trying to put them in their proper place, closely intertwined with his best novels and short stories." You can read more about the book here, though if you're not a Spanish speaker, Google Translate will be required.

In a 1981 interview with The Paris Review, García Márquez stated he always felt journalism was his true profession. He also defined the distinctions between journalism and fiction as such:

I don’t think there is any difference. The sources are the same, the material is the same, the resources and the language are the same... In journalism just one fact that is false prejudices the entire work. In contrast, in fiction one single fact that is true gives legitimacy to the entire work. That’s the only difference, and it lies in the commitment of the writer. A novelist can do anything he wants so long as he makes people believe in it.

With such a non-traditional viewpoint, fans of García Márquez's novels shouldn't be disappointed with this new text. What does everyone else think? Anyone really excited for the U.S release of Gabo Periodista?

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