Solitude & Company — charming account of Gabriel García Márquez’s life

      Gabriel García Márquez, the most famous writer in the Spanish-speaking world since Miguel Cervantes, is a difficult subject for a biographer. He contrived some elaborate autobiographical fictions, and was noted for his determination to keep secret what he wished to keep secret. Gerald Martin’s exhaustive 2008 biography, Gabriel García Márquez: A Life, took seventeen years to complete, …

Marius the Epicurean Bookseller-Poet

  The literary travelogue – with elements of history, anthropology, personal experience and quest – is a difficult genre. In the absence of conventional plot, the challenge is to create a forward momentum, something that Bruce Chatwin, say, or WG Sebald were notably skilled at doing. Marius Kociejowski, poet, essayist and non-fiction writer, is the author of two matchless travel …