Throughout his life Gabriel Garcia Marquez spoke with the same passion and energy as he wrote, charming his audiences as beguilingly as he did his millions of readers. Now, in this collection of speeches, translated into English for the first time, we see the wisdom and compassion of his public talks. I Am Not Here to Give a Speech records key events throughout Garcia Marquez's life, from a talk as a teenager graduating high school to his Nobel Prize acceptance speech. Written over the course of a lifetime, they chart the growth of his genius- each is a snapshot offering new insights into the beliefs and ideas of a world-rewned storyteller. Together, they combine to create a more complete picture of him the writer and the man. Preserving Garcia Marquez's unmistakable voice for future generations, I Am Not Here to Give a Speech is a must-have collection for anyone who ever fell in love with Macondo or cherished a battered copy of Love in the Time of Cholera.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez was born on 6 March 1927 in Aractaca, Colombia, and died on 17 April 2014 in Mexico City, aged 87. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982 for a body of work that includes novels, works of non-fiction and collections of short stories. His most famous works include Leaf Storm (1955), In Evil Hour (1962), One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), The Autumn of the Patriarch(1975), Chronicle of a Death Foretold (1981), Love in the Time of Cholera (1985), The General in His Labyrinth (1989), News of a Kidnapping (1996), Living to Tell the Tale (2002) and Memories of My Melancholy Whores (2004). 'Marquez writes in this lyrical, magical language that no-one else can do.' Salman Rushdie 'Marquez is a retailer of wonders.' Sunday Times 'An exquisite writer, wise, compassionate and extremely funny.' Sunday Telegraph 'An imaginative writer of genius.' Guardian 'The stories are rich and startling, confident and eloquent. They are magical.' John Updike 'One of this century's most evocative writers.' Anne Tyler<