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“Seldom has there been a more fitting match between author and subject. Mr. Garcia Marquez wades into his flamboyant, often improbably and ultimately tragic material with enormous gusto, heaping detail upon sensuous detail, alternating grace with horror, perfume with the stench of corruption, the elegant language of public ceremony with the vulgarity of private moments, the rationalistic clarity of Bolivar’s thought with the malarial intensity of his emotions.” —Margaret Atwood, The New York Times Book Review
General Simón Bolívar, one of the Western Hemisphere’s supreme heroes, embarks on a seven-month voyage down the Magdalena River. Forced from power, made old and ill by the pressures of war, passion, victory, and betrayal, the General examines his life, confronting the phantoms of his past, reliving the campaigns that brought him renown, and remembering the women he loved for a night or a lifetime. On a journey that is at once a fantasy of triumphal progress and a nightmare of loss and delusions, we come to know the Liberator—the dazzling orchestrator of political and military intrigue, as well as the lover, the libertine, the fighter capable of heroism, mercy, and ruthlessness.
“Passage after passage shines with the brilliance of Mr. Garcia Marquez. . . . He has invented some of the magic characters of our age. His General, however, is not only magic, but real” —The Wall Street Journal
“A distinguished book. . . . Garcia Marquez splendidly presents his image of Latin America and of a great man redux.” —The Los Angeles Times Book Review
“A stunning portrait, convincing and poignant. . . . A tour de force.” —San Francisco Chronicle