On the last page of Gerald Martin's excellent biography of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the biographer recounts a conversation he had with his subject after a function in the Columbian city of Cartagena in 2007. Marquez, or Gabo to his friends, had given a speech to the guests that also included Carlos Fuentes and Bill Clinton. Gabo, then 80, already old and weak, talked about his years of living in poverty with his wife and how _ because he hardly had any money _ he could mail only half the manuscript of One Hundred Years Of Solitude to the publisher when he completed it.
Living To Tell The Tale , a 2002 autobiography by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
When the speech ended, Martin wrote, the ovation lasted several minutes.
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