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Gene H. Bell-Villada

Gene H. Bell-Villada is a leading expert on the work of Gabriel García Márquez. His work on the great Latin American author includes García Márquez: The Man and His Work (North Carolina, 1990), Gabriel García Marquez’s 100 Years of Solitude: A Casebook (Oxford, 2001), and Conversations with Gabriel García Márquez (Mississippi, 2005). Bell-Villada’s other books include Art for Art’s Sake & Literary Life: How Politics and Markets Helped Shape the Ideology & Culture of Aestheticism 1790–1990 (Nebraska, 1996), a finalist for the National Book Critics’ Circle Award, and his memoir Overseas American: Growing Up Gringo in the Tropics (Mississippi, 2005).


Journey Back to the Source: An Interview with Gabriel García Márquez

June 24, 2005 | Profiles

TRANSLATOR’S NOTE: The following interview was conducted in 1977 for publication in El Manifiesto—a now-defunct Colombian leftist journal. Chatting with the magazine’s staff writers, García Márquez opens up remarkably and bares his most nostalgic and personal side, even swearing on occasion. (The author can be surprisingly, spontaneously foul-mouthed when in the right company.) And he's unusually frank about his spotty education, his days of poverty, his youthful days residing in brothels, and his having been accidentally cured of boils by putting No One Writes to the Colonel to paper.