Marquez’s Memoirs Hit Bookstores
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BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) _ Gabriel Garcia Marquez ’s memoirs hit the bookstores Tuesday as a national anthem played over shop speakers to honor the Nobel laureate.
``Vivir para Contarla″ (Live to Tell It), the first installment of a planned three-volume series, tells of the writer’s youth in Aracataca, a steamy town in the shadow of a snowcapped mountain.
The 74-year-old Garcia Marquez, whose most famous novel is ``One Hundred Years of Solitude,″ has lymphatic cancer and lives most of the year in Mexico City. He did not plan to attend any of the book events.
``Live to Tell It″ covers his life to 1955, and delves into the violence that has marred much of Colombian history.
More than a million copies of the memoirs have been printed in Colombia, said the book’s publisher, Mondadori of Barcelona Spain. The book is being translated into English, German and French.
Much of the 579-page autobiography is dedicated to Garcia Marquez’s passion: journalism, and recounts his days in the Colombian newspapers, where he honed his narrative technique.