Gabriel Garcia Marquez Books In Order

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967)
  2. In Evil Hour (1968)
  3. The Autumn Of The Patriarch (1976)
  4. Chronicle of a Death Foretold (1981)
  5. The Fragrance of the Guava (1982)
  6. Love in the Time of Cholera (1985)
  7. The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor (1986)
  8. The General in His Labyrinth (1989)
  9. News of a Kidnapping (1996)
  10. Memories of My Melancholy Who*res (2004)

Short Stories/Novellas In Publication Order

  1. A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings (1968)

Short Story Collections In Publication Order

  1. No One Writes to the Colonel and Other Stories (1961)
  2. Innocent Erendira and Other Stories (1972)

Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order

  1. Clandestine in Chile (1986)
  2. A Country for Children (1996)
  3. Living to Tell the Tale (2002)
  4. Torrijos (2007)
  5. I’m Not Here to Give a Speech (2010)
  6. Gabriel García Márquez (2015)
  7. The Scandal of the Century (2019)

Anthologies In Publication Order

  1. Magical Realist Fiction (1984)

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez Books Overview

In Evil Hour

Written just before One Hundred Years of Solitude, this fascinating novel of a Colombian river town possessed by evil points to the author’s later flowering and greatness.

The Autumn Of The Patriarch

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, renowned as a master of magical realism, creates stories that grip the imagination. Set in exotic locals, peoples with unforgettable characters, and crafted with exquisite prose, his stories transport the reader to a world that is at once fanciful and real. One of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s most intricate and ambitious works, The Autumn Of The Patriarch is a brilliant tale of a Caribbean tyrant and the corruption of power. Employing an innovative, dreamlike style, the novel is overflowing with symbolic descriptions as it vividly portrays the dying tyrant caught in the prison of his own dictatorship. From charity to deceit, benevolence to violence, fear of God to extreme cruelty, the dictator embodies at once the best and the worst of human nature.

Chronicle of a Death Foretold

A man returns to the town where a baffling murder took place 27 years earlier, determined to get to the bottom of the story. Just hours after marrying the beautiful Angela Vicario, everyone agrees, Bayardo San Roman returned his bride in disgrace to her parents. Her distraught family forced her to name her first lover; and her twin brothers announced their intention to murder Santiago Nasar for dishonoring their sister. Yet if everyone knew the murder was going to happen, why did no one intervene to stop it? The more that is learned, the less is understood, and as the story races to its inexplicable conclusion, an entire society not just a pair of murderers is put on trial.

The Fragrance of the Guava

In these conversations Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982, speaks about his Colombian family background, his early travels and struggles as writer, his literary antecedents, and his personal artistic concerns. Marquez conveys, as he does in his work through the power of language, the heat and colour of the Spanish Caribbean, the mythological world of its inhabitants, and the exotic mentality of its leaders. Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza, the journalist and novelist who shares these conversations, is a friend and contemporary of Marques, and also of Colombian extraction.

Love in the Time of Cholera

In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career he whiles away the years in 622 affairs yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he will do so again. With humorous sagacity and consummate craft, Garc a M rquez traces an exceptional half century story of unrequited love. Though it seems never to be conveniently contained, love flows through the novel in many wonderful guises joyful, melancholy, enriching, ever surprising.

The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor

Translated by Randolf Hogan. In 1955, Garcia Marquez was working for El Espectador, a newspaper in Bogota, when in February of that year eight crew members of the Caldas, a Colombian destroyer, were washed overboard and disappeared. Ten days later one of them turned up, barely alive, on a deserted beach in northern Colombia. This book, which originally appeared as a series of newspaper articles, is Garcia Marquez’s account of that sailor’s ordeal.

The General in His Labyrinth

Book Jacket Status: JacketedGabriel Garc a M rquez’s most political novel is the tragic story of General Sim n Bol var, the man who tried to unite a continent. Bol var, known in six Latin American countries as the Liberator, is one of the most revered heroes of the western hemisphere; in Garc a M rquez s brilliant reimagining he is magnificently flawed as well. The novel follows Bol var as he takes his final journey in 1830 down the Magdalena River toward the sea, revisiting the scenes of his former glory and lamenting his lost dream of an alliance of American nations. Forced from power, dogged by assassins, and prematurely aged and wasted by a fatal illness, the General is still a remarkably vital and mercurial man. He seems to remain alive by the sheer force of will that led him to so many victories in the battlefields and love affairs of his past. As he wanders in the labyrinth of his failing powers and still powerful memories he defies his impending death until the last. The General in His Labyrinth is an unforgettable portrait of a visionary from one of the greatest writers of our time.

News of a Kidnapping

This astonishing book by the Nobel laureate Gabriel Garc a M rquez chronicles the 1990 kidnappings of ten Colombian men and women all but one a journalist by the Medell n drug boss Pablo Escobar. The carefully orchestrated abductions were Escobar’s attempt to extort from the government its assurance that he, and other narcotics traffickers, would not be extradited to the United States if they were to surrender. From the highest corridors of government to the domain of the ruthless drug cartels, we watch the unfolding of a bizarre drama replete with fascinating characters: C sar Gaviria, the nation’s cool and secretive president; Diana Turbay, a famous television journalist and magazine editor; three indomitable women who are imprisoned for miserable months in a small room with a light perpetually on; an eighty two year old priest with a mission to bring the regime and the cartel to the negotiating table; and Escobar himself, the legendary drug baron who changes his bodyguards daily and maintains a private zoo with giraffes and hippos from Africa. All of this takes place in a country where presidential candidates and cabinet officers are routinely assassinated; where police go into the Medell n slums to murder boys they think may be working for Escobar; but where brave and honest citizens are trying desperately to make democracy survive. An international best seller, News of a Kidnapping combines journalistic tenacity with the breathtaking language and perception that distinguish the writings of Gabriel Garc a M rquez. It draws us into a world that, like some phantasmagorical setting in a great Garc a M rquez novel, we can scarcely believe exists but that continually shocks us with its cold, hard reality.

Memories of My Melancholy Who*res

Memories of My Melancholy Who*res‘ is Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s first work of fiction in ten years, and it fully lives up to the expectations of his critics, readers, and fans of all ages and nationalities. ‘Memories of My Melancholy Who*res‘ introduces us to a totally new genre of Garcia Marquez’s writing. It is a fairy tale for the aged a story that celebrates the belated discovery of amorous passion in old age. This enticingly sensual, yet at the same time innocent adventure tells of an unnamed second rate reporter who on the eve of his ninetieth birthday decides to give himself ‘a night of mad love with a virgin adolescent’. In a little more than 100 pages, Garcia Marquez proceeds to describe a series of encounters that is hypnotising and disturbing. When he first sees the chosen girl a shy fourteen year old, whom he calls Delgadina asleep, entirely naked, in the brothel room, his life begins to change completely. He never speaks to her nor does he learn anything about her, nor she of him. But, her presence spurs the aged pensioner to recall his experiences with the other women in his life, all who*res by profession, all paid to perform for him the acts of love. But, now he realizes that ‘sex is the consolation one has for not finding enough love’. Smitten, he screams of his love from the rooftops, which for him means writing about it in his weekly newspaper columns, and in return, he becomes the most famous man in his town. Love has always been a major theme in Garcia Marquez’s writing. It is often visualized in his fiction as a source of endurance, a bulwark against the rush of time’s passage. In ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’, he celebrated a love that was almost fifty years in forming, modelling it on the courtship of his own grandparents. This last novel, written at the peak of the author’s fame, is another illustration of its tranformative power. ‘Memories of My Melancholy Who*res‘, written in Garcia Marquez’s incomparable style, movingly contemplates the misfortunes of old age, and celebrates the joys of being in love.

No One Writes to the Colonel and Other Stories

Fridays are different. Every other day of the week, the Colonel and his ailing wife fight a constant battle against poverty and monotony, scraping together the dregs of their savings for the food and medicine that keeps them alive. But on Fridays the postman comes and that sets a fleeting wave of hope rushing through the General’s ageing heart. For fifteen years he’s watched the mail launch come into harbour, hoping he’ll be handed an envelope containing the army pension promised to him all those years ago. Whilst he waits for the cheque, his hopes are pinned on his prize bird and the upcoming cockfighting season. But until then the bird like the Colonel and his wife must somehow be fed.

Innocent Erendira and Other Stories

This collection of fiction, representing some of Garc a M rquez’s earlier work, includes eleven short stories and a novella, Innocent Er ndira, in which a young girl who dreams of freedom cannot escape the reach of her vicious and avaricious grandmother.

Clandestine in Chile

In 1973, the film director Miguel Litt n fled Chile after a U.S. supported military coup toppled the democratically elected socialist government of Salvador Allende. The new dictator, General Augusto Pinochet, instituted a reign of terror and turned Chile into a laboratory to test the poisonous prescriptions of the American economist Milton Friedman. In 1985, Litt n returned to Chile disguised as a Uruguayan businessman. He was desperate to see the homeland he d been exiled from for so many years; he also meant to pull off a very tricky stunt: with the help of three film crews from three different countries, each supposedly busy making a movie to promote tourism, he would secretly put together a film that would tell the truth about Pinochet’s benighted Chile a film that would capture the world s attention while landing the general and his secret police with a very visible black eye. Afterwards, the great novelist Gabriel Garc a M rquez sat down with Litt n to hear the story of his escapade, with all its scary, comic, and not a little surreal ups and downs. Then, applying the same unequaled gifts that had already gained him a Nobel Prize, Garc a M rquez wrote it down. Clandestine in Chile is a true life adventure story and a classic of modern reportage.

A Country for Children

This exceptionally beautiful essay by the Colombian Nobel Prize winning author is one of his most lucid and beautiful literary expressions. Originally written as a prologue to a ‘state of the nation’ analysis recently published by a group of eminent Colombian thinkers, it drafts a virtual navigation chart for the future of Colombia, affirming the country’s vast human potential and emphasizing the powers of education and national spirit. Four color photographs enliven this work.

Living to Tell the Tale

In this long awaited first volume of a planned trilogy, the most acclaimed and revered living Nobel laureate begins to tell us the story of his life. Like all his work, Living to Tell the Tale is a magnificent piece of writing. It spans Gabriel Garc a M rquez’s life from his birth in 1927 through the start of his career as a writer to the moment in the 1950s when he proposed to the woman who would become his wife. It has the shape, the quality, and the vividness of a conversation with the reader a tale of people, places, and events as they occur to him: the colorful stories of his eccentric family members; the great influence of his mother and maternal grandfather; his consuming career in journalism, and the friends and mentors who encouraged him; the myths and mysteries of his beloved Colombia; personal details, undisclosed until now, that would appear later, transmuted and transposed, in his fiction; and, above all, his fervent desire to become a writer. And, as in his fiction, the narrator here is an inspired observer of the physical world, able to make clear the emotions and passions that lie at the heart of a life in this instance, his own. Living to Tell the Tale is a radiant, powerful, and beguiling memoir that gives us the formation of Gabriel Garc a M rquez as a writer and as a man.


In the annals of Latin American politics, Omar Torrijos of Panama was a David against Goliath, a charismatic leader who challenged the landed oligarchy and redistributed land and wealth. He died tragically in a 1981 plane crash widely rumored to be the work of the CIA.

This unique, intensely personal homage by two giant talents the great Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide and the Nobel Prize winning Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez shows Torrijos as the man behind the story. Never before published photographs and never before told personal reminiscences offer up candles of memory and understanding and a correction to history. Torrijos friend describes a moody, lonely president drinking whiskey all night, and in pre dawn, summoning one of six different women he knew to keep away the demons. In their eyes, Torrijos is understood not as a dictator who silenced opposition, closed the media, ran up debt, and turned a blind eye to corruption, but as a flawed hero in the footsteps of Simon Bolivar: the first leader to advocate for the poor, yet an innovator in schools and jobs who lured foreign investment to create a regional financial center, and a historical giant whose greatest legacy to his people was the Canal Treaty, signed with President Jimmy Carter in 1977. This is a memoir about a man ahead of his time.

Graciela Iturbide has received many honors, including a W. Eugene Smith Grant in 1987 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1988, published numerous books, and has held major exhibitions around the world.

One of the world’s greatest writers and author of One Hundred Years of Solitude, a defining classic of twentieth century literature, Colombian born Gabriel Garcia Marquez is the winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Magical Realist Fiction

This capacious 520 pages anthology has selections from the authors you would expect to find, from others you may be less familiar with, and from writers you might not expect to show up in this company. The result is a treasure trove of unusual fiction spanning authors from Gogol and Kafka through Woolf and Nabokov to Calvino, Garcia Marquez, and Barthelme one of the most exciting anthologies to appear in the last decade. This is a poet’s companion, a student’s delight, great bedside reading: the kind of book you’d take to a desert island!

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