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From one of the titans of twentieth-century literature, collected here for the first time: a selection of his journalism from the late 1940s to the mid-1980s--work that he considered even more important to his legacy than his universally acclaimed works of fiction. "I don't want to be remembered for One Hundred Years of Solitude or for the Nobel Prize but rather for my journalism, From one of the titans of twentieth-century literature, collected here for the first time: a selection of his journalism from the late 1940s to the mid-1980s--work that he considered even more important to his legacy than his universally acclaimed works of fiction. "I don't want to be remembered for One Hundred Years of Solitude or for the Nobel Prize but rather for my journalism," Gabriel Garc�a M�rquez said in the final years of his life. And while some of his journalistic writings have been made available over the years, this is the first volume to gather a representative selection from across the first four decades of his career--years during which he worked as a full-time, often muckraking, and controversial journalist, even as he penned the fiction that would bring him the Nobel Prize in 1982. Here are the first pieces he wrote while working for newspapers in the coastal Colombian cities of Cartagena and Barranquilla . . . his longer, more fictionlike reportage from Paris and Rome . . . his monthly columns for Spain's El Pa�s. And while all the work points in style, wit, depth, and passion to his fiction, these fifty pieces are, more than anything, a revelation of the writer working at the profession he believed to be "the best in the world."


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From one of the titans of twentieth-century literature, collected here for the first time: a selection of his journalism from the late 1940s to the mid-1980s--work that he considered even more important to his legacy than his universally acclaimed works of fiction. "I don't want to be remembered for One Hundred Years of Solitude or for the Nobel Prize but rather for my journalism, From one of the titans of twentieth-century literature, collected here for the first time: a selection of his journalism from the late 1940s to the mid-1980s--work that he considered even more important to his legacy than his universally acclaimed works of fiction. "I don't want to be remembered for One Hundred Years of Solitude or for the Nobel Prize but rather for my journalism," Gabriel Garc�a M�rquez said in the final years of his life. And while some of his journalistic writings have been made available over the years, this is the first volume to gather a representative selection from across the first four decades of his career--years during which he worked as a full-time, often muckraking, and controversial journalist, even as he penned the fiction that would bring him the Nobel Prize in 1982. Here are the first pieces he wrote while working for newspapers in the coastal Colombian cities of Cartagena and Barranquilla . . . his longer, more fictionlike reportage from Paris and Rome . . . his monthly columns for Spain's El Pa�s. And while all the work points in style, wit, depth, and passion to his fiction, these fifty pieces are, more than anything, a revelation of the writer working at the profession he believed to be "the best in the world."

30 review for The Scandal of the Century: And Other Writings

  1. 5 out of 5

    Louise

    Ever since I read News of a Kidnapping I’ve been waiting for a collection of the journalism and/or reporting by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. This book is billed as a collection of journalism but it is not. While there is some journalism, the collection is mainly of essays, my least favorite genre. After the first two pieces, I needed some attitude adjustment. It came quickly since GGM has a distinctive style that, when he turns it on, transcends format. The title piece which is the story of the deat Ever since I read News of a Kidnapping I’ve been waiting for a collection of the journalism and/or reporting by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. This book is billed as a collection of journalism but it is not. While there is some journalism, the collection is mainly of essays, my least favorite genre. After the first two pieces, I needed some attitude adjustment. It came quickly since GGM has a distinctive style that, when he turns it on, transcends format. The title piece which is the story of the death of Wilma Montessi and the report of “June 6, 1958: Caracas without Water” are good pieces of journalism. They are written in the magical realism style such that I had to check the internet to validate that they actually happened. Another good piece of journalism, without the signature motif, describes the ouster of Nicaragua's ruling Somoza family in 1979. Most of the essays are musings, some on literary topics and others on place. Some defy category. In one - not to be missed - essay he reflects on those who are considered authorities on his work. He notes how meaning is ascribed where no meaning was intended and how they dissect vocabulary for no real purpose. GGM has good observations on translations and how even careful translation can result in two different books. There is a realistic look at how the Nobel Prize winners are determined (and where the prize money comes from). One essay covers the economic structure of literature, how prize winning novels and best sellers can and have been written; how writers are paid and the risks they take. Of the place oriented pieces the three that stand out are “River of Life” where GGM talks about the Magdelena River of his youth; his observations on how Cuba copes with the international embargo and his description of Hungary in 1957. The most interesting of the unclassifiable essays is “My Other Me”. Was there someone pretending to be GGM, giving lectures in places he did not travel to and autographing books for his friends before he had the chance to? While this is a genre I avoid, I gobbled this up. GGM fans will want more, but this will not be disappointing.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mallory DeVries

    (I won a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.) Even in journalism, you would immediately know who authored these pieces. His storytelling style makes even the most mundane of news pieces enthralling. Journalism at it's finest!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Saurabh Sharma

    An amazing anthology of great columns penned down by the Maestro, our Gabo, the author of One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Garcia Marquez always said that I must be remembered for newspapers. One must read this book to understand why he said that. For this is the common link between great journalists-turned-authors (think Ernest Hemingway and Manu Joseph) whatever they must write in their columns, they do, but they're often faced with a dilemma wherein they can't An amazing anthology of great columns penned down by the Maestro, our Gabo, the author of One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Garcia Marquez always said that I must be remembered for newspapers. One must read this book to understand why he said that. For this is the common link between great journalists-turned-authors (think Ernest Hemingway and Manu Joseph) whatever they must write in their columns, they do, but they're often faced with a dilemma wherein they can't put the story in a newspaper column but the story needs to be told. Such stories easily slip into their fictional works. That's the gateway to their fiction. I'm so glad that I've been trying to read Garcia Marquez's fiction for last two years, but it just doesn't happen. Now, I know where he comes from, his politics, his Latin America, love for Hemingway and Faulkner, his love for ghostly stories that I can read his fiction and understand in its true sense.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dick Hamilton

    A wonderful collection of writings by Marquez as a journalist. I most enjoyed several of the pieces at the end of the book, which were examples of weekly columns he had written. Hopefully, someone will collect all of the columns denoted as El Pais that were written and publish them as a collection, similar to the collections of columns written by Stephen Jay Gould in Natural History magazine. It would be a great contribution to those of us who love the work of this author.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Charles Bookman

    A selection of newspaper columns and magazine articles from the luminous novelist. If you have never read Gabriel Garcia Marquez, read his novels first and you will love his writing and his world forever. When you have done that and are in love, then read his journalism for the full measure of the man, his influences and his interests. read more at bookmanreader.blogspot.com

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    A genuinely wonderful and eclectic collection of Gabo's journalism, non-fiction pieces, sketches for novels, and memoir recollections.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Michael Asen

    Marquez is the best...his non fiction is better than his fiction if thats possible

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ahmed

    There are some amazing pieces, mostly in the second half of the book. The one about the Beatles and John Lennon "Yes, nostalgia is the same as it ever was" is so beautiful.

  9. 5 out of 5

    ej cullen

    He ain't no Borges.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    (I’m gonna be reviewing this, so...no spoilers!)

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    Thomas Devlin

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