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The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailorby Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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In 1955, Gabriel Garcia Marquez was working for El Espectador, a newspaper in Bogota, Columbia. 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. Written early in his career, The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor displays all the dramatic flair and narrative urgency of the stories and novels that have established Gacia Marquez's later reputation.
Translated from the Spanish by Randolph Hogan.
"A luminous narrative that rivals the most remarkable stories of man's struggles against the sea." Philadelphia Inquirer
"This slim volume is a superb example of journalism by a professional of the art." Publishers Weekly
"In this barebones narrative, his stature as a storyteller is immediately apparent. An exceptional book." Library Journal
"Those who care about the career of Gacia Marquez will find much of interest here. And so will readers who want to know how it feels to be at the mercy of the sea." Time
"This small gem of story telling is...the work of a young virtuoso." Chicago Tribune
Gabriel García Márquez was born in Colombia in 1927. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982. He is the author of many works of fiction and nonfiction, including One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love In The Time Cholera, The Autumn Of The Patriarch, The General In His Labyrinth, and News Of A Kidnapping. He died in 2014.
About the Author
Gabriel García Márquez, author of One Hundred Years of Solitude, received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. He lives in Mexico City.
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