Was Gabo an Irishman? Tales from Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Colombia

By Richard McColl, Victoria Kellaway, Carolina Doherty de Novoa

Travel, Magical realism, Short stories, General non-fiction | Paperback, eBook

In Bogota, a Spanish humanitarian worker attends a funeral without a body, as a storm of yellow butterflies swirls outside. In the Jungle, an English anthropologist finds a tiny peace community fighting to preserve their way of life. And, somewhere in the Andes, an Australian coffee farmer confronts a guava-throwing witch in his tree. With magical rain, young lovers, grumpy old men, ghosts, conflict, politics, music, madness and more, these stories are at once singularly Colombian and universal in theme. This collection brings together 26 personal essays by writers from across the world, all of whom have lived in Gabriel Garcia Marquez's homeland. For some, his words are key to unlocking the enigma of Colombia. For others, living in the land of magic realism brings them a new understanding of his works.

An Irish novelist, an Anglo Canadian travel writer and foreign correspondent, and an English author, Caroline Doherty de Novoa, Richard McColl and Victoria Kellaway share a passion for the written word, travel and Colombia in particular.


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