2003 1st edition; "First Edition" stated; translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman; Alfred A. Knopf publishers, New York; hardbound in burgundy boards with silver lettering on cover and along spine; very good condition with unmarked pages, appears unread; dust jacket with photo very good condition.
"In this long-awaited first volume of a planned trilogy, Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez begins to tell the story of his own life. It spans his birth in 1927, the start of his career as a writer, and the moment in the 1950s when he proposed to the woman who would become his wife.
As in his fiction, time and memory have and should have mutable properties, and a trip to his grandparent's home as a young man can, for scores of pages, overlap with his first childhood visit. "Its most powerful sections read like one of his mesmerizing novels, transporting the reader to a Latin America haunted by the ghosts of history and shaped by the exigencies of its daunting geography, by its heat and jungles and febrile light. The book provides as memorable a portrait of a young writer's apprenticeship as the one William Styron gave us in Sophie's Choice." NY Times