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Gerald Martin: Parallel Lives – A Biographer’s View of Gabriel García Márquez and Mario Vargas Llosa

26 May 2016

The inaugural Canning House – Instituto Cervantes Cultural Address will be delivered by Gerald Martin, biographer of García Márquez and Vargas Llosa. Both Literature Nobel Prize Winners were major figures in the “Latin American Boom” of the 1960s and 70s; García Márquez’ notable works are One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, and Vargas Llosa’s include Conversation in the Cathedral , Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter and The Feast of the Goat.
Gerald Martin, Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emeritus of Modern Languages in the University of Pittsburgh, is a literary critic and historian. His research and publications have focused on the Latin American novel. His PhD was devoted to Miguel Angel Asturias, who won the Nobel Prize before it was completed. He has produced critical editions of Hombres de maíz (1981) (Men of Maize) and El Señor Presidente (2000) (The President), as well as translating the former work. He has also translated novels by the Spanish writers Rafael Chirbes and Max Aub. In the 1980s he concentrated on the history of literature and the arts, contributing three major chapters to the Cambridge History of Latin America and publishing Journeys through the Labyrinth: Latin American Fiction in the Twentieth Century (1989). Since then he has focused on biography.


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