The History of Literature Podcast

163 Gabriel García Márquez (with Sarah Bird)

In this episode, Jacke welcomes author Sarah Bird to the program to talk about her background, her writing, and her readerly passion for the fiction of the great twentieth-century novelist, Gabriel García Márquez.

GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ (1927-2014) was one of the most revered and influential novelists of the twentieth century. Born in a small town in Colombia, which he later made famous as the fictionalized village “Macondo,” he drew upon the stories and storytelling styles of his grandparents and parents to formulate what came to be called “magical realism.” His books One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera have sold tens of millions of copies and stand as a testament to the power of fiction. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.

SARAH BIRD is a member of the Texas Literary Hall of Fame, the recipient of the Texas Institute of Letters’ Award for Distinguished Writers, and a six-time winner of the Austin Chronicle’s Best Fiction Writer Award. Her most recent novel, Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen, tells the story of Cathy Williams, a former slave who disguised herself as a man in order to fight alongside the Buffalo Soldiers.

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2 thoughts on “163 Gabriel García Márquez (with Sarah Bird)”

  1. Thanks for this episode Jacke. I loved it very much and re-listened to it with my wife in the car to share with her my excitement knowing how Gabo came about with Cien Mil Anos de Soledad.

    I am your avid fan Jacke. I told my wife how you have inspired me to write my blogs about the intersection of travel and literature. Everyday, to make my driving bearable due to Manila’s unforgiving traffic, I listened to your podcast. Thank you so much for this very accessible and excellent discussion on literary works.

    1. What a nice comment! Thank you so much for sharing it. I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed the Gabo episode, and to know that I have such a kind listener in Manila. (I’ve spent some time there myself, so I know just how unforgiving the traffic can be.) Best of luck to you as you follow your own literary path!

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