March 27, 1994 |
Isabel Allende is in an enviable position. At 51, the Chilean-born novelist is internationally admired, with five bestsellers already published in 27 languages and a sixth book on the way. And soon her audience will be even wider, thanks to the imminent release of two films based on her novels: "The House of the Spirits" (starring Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons and Winona Ryder, opening Friday) and "Of Love and Shadows" (which will open later this year). But although Allende is poised for newfound cinematic fame, don't imagine that it is because she has courted Hollywood's attention.
June 23, 1991
Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez spoke with 81-year-old Japanese director Akira Kurosawa in Tokyo last October when the film maker was shooting his latest movie, "Rhapsody in August." The film, which is scheduled for release in this country in December, was recently shown at the Cannes Film Festival where, Marquez reports, it received public and critical acclaim but annoyed some U.S. journalists "who considered it hostile to their country."
September 20, 1987 |
Large continental countries are relatively immune from the need to talk to their neighbors. Omsk, no doubt, is not much more polyglot than Omaha. This needs to be qualified, of course; translation pretty much removes the language barrier, and I think we are in some kind of golden age of translating. Still, we have a continental sensibility, a great deal at home to absorb ourselves in, and a literary tradition of more or less continuous vitality.
January 15, 2003 |
Early last month, one of America's leading literary publishers, Alfred A. Knopf, brought out a new book by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian-born Nobel laureate many consider the world's greatest living writer. Since then, tens of thousands of U.S.
October 6, 2007 |
Oprah Winfrey has picked "Love in the Time of Cholera," the epic love story by Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez, as her next book club selection. "If you love love, this book is the best love story ever," Winfrey said Friday on her daytime talk show. The novel by the Colombian-born García Márquez was published in 1985. Set on the Caribbean coast of South America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it tells the tale of a woman and two men, and an unrequited love that spans 50 years.
August 26, 2013 |
Gabriel García Márquez's “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” first published in 1967, is a novel set in a bygone era of Colombian history without much technology to speak of. Now the book itself is finally starting to enter the digital age. “One Hundred Years of Solitude” is not yet available as an e-book. But now you can travel to the fictional Macondo in an audio book, from Blackstone Audio. The Ashland, Ore.-based company has acquired the unabridged audio rights to four works by García Márquez: “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” English translation by Gregory Rabassa; “Love in the Time of Cholera,” translated by Edith Grossman; “No One Writes to the Colonel,” translated by J. S. Bernstein; and “Memories of My Melancholy Whores,” also translated by Edith Grossman.
May 20, 2013 |
Former President Clinton visited Colombia last week, meeting with President Juan Manuel Santos while visiting Cartagena, where Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro showed him around the city in an electric taxi. Then Clinton took time out to visit with Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez , 86. Marquez has been said to be suffering from dementia. Last summer, his brother, Jaime Garcia Marquez, announced that cancer treatments the writer had undergone hastened a memory decline.
June 7, 1987 |
Miguel Littin, a film maker exiled from Chile in 1973 and subsequently forbidden by the regime of Augusto Pinochet to return, did return in disguise for six weeks in 1985 to film a documentary about life under the present regime. "We particularly wanted to explore the living conditions of the people, their reaction to the dictatorship, and their methods of resistance," he later told his friend, the novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, recounting the making of the film "Acta General de Chile."