Gabo Gets Back To Work

March 8, 2007 | 2 books mentioned 2

In late 2004, I received this question from a reader:

I’m wondering when the next volume of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s autobiography is coming out – anyone know?

At the time I didn’t have an answer, but I instead managed to stumble upon the news, then ricocheting across the Spanish-speaking world, that he had finished a new novel, Memories of My Melancholy Whores. (The Millions was, in fact, the first English-language publication to report the news, and that post gave us our first big shot of readers.)

Now, however, we have received word that Marquez may be starting in on volume two of his proposed three volume biography. The first volume covered his childhood, and Marquez has said that the second volume may carry us through to his being awarded the Nobel Prize in 1982. Reporting on the occasion of Marquez’s 80th birthday, the LA Times said:

His longtime friend and collaborator Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza said by telephone last week from Portugal that “Gabo,” as Garcia Marquez is known here, is picking up with his memoirs in Paris in the mid-1950s, where his first bestselling volume, Living to Tell the Tale, left off.

It’s welcome news for fans, as Marquez “last year gave friends the disappointing news that he had ‘run out of gas’ and was quitting writing. The author was diagnosed with lymphoma in 1999, and after treatment at UCLA Medical Center, he recently was pronounced free of the disease.”

As an aside, it was Marquez’s trips to Los Angeles to be treated that gave me the opportunity to meet him in the very early (and slightly embarrassing) days of this blog. (You’ll have to scroll down. I don’t know what I was thinking – How could I not lead that post with Marquez!)

created The Millions and is its publisher. He and his family live in New Jersey.


  1. Anything new on the front with Gabo's next piece in the trilogy? Couldn't find your story of meeting the author in LA – please repost.


  2. If no one has pointed it out yet, the iconic author's appropriate surname is García Márquez, and NEVER Márquez alone. Hispanic surnames(apellidos)come in two parts and, though lacking a hyphen, nonetheless function as such. I hope that when you met the illustrious Sr. García Márquez, you were aware to address him as such (or just Mr./Sr. García, but NEVER as Mr./Sr. Márquez). This is not mere academic fussiness, but a fact as old as Spain itself. In bookstores & libraries his works should be filed under G not M and only the ignorant insist otherwise. If you're going to adore and promote someone, at least do your homework and honor him with his actual name and not some inexcusable gringoism. It's really not that difficult.

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