From the moment Melquiades the Gypsy walks into the jungle settlement of Macondo nothing is ever the same again. He brings to this protected Eden knowledge and the tools of discovery. This is a modern parable told without moralizing, its strength lying in its ability to make us laugh in sympathy.
Runner-up for The BBC Big Read Top 100 2003. Shortlisted for BBC Big Read Top 100 2003.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982, was born in Aracataca, Colombia, in 1928. He is the author of several novels and collections of stories, including Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Leaf Storm, No One Writes to the Colonel, In Evil Hour, One Hundred Years of Solitude, The Autumn of the Patriach, Love in the Time of Cholera. His most recent book is the first volume of his autobiography, Living to Tell the Tale. Many of his books are published by Penguin.