I’m Not Here to Give a Speech

  • Author Gabriel García Márquez
  • Narrator Luis Bermudez
  • Publisher Blackstone Publishing
  • Run Time 2 hours and 44 minutes
  • Format Audio
  • Genre Literary essays.

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What to expect

Throughout his life, Gabriel García Márquez spoke publicly with the same passion and energy that marked his writing. Now the wisdom and compassion of these performances are available in English for the first time. I’m Not Here to Give a Speech records key events throughout the author’s life, from a farewell to his classmates delivered when he was only seventeen to his Nobel Prize acceptance speech. Written across a lifetime, these speeches chart the growth of a genius: each is a snapshot offering insights into the beliefs and ideas of a world-renowned storyteller. Preserving García Márquez’s unmistakeable voice for future generations, I’m Not Here to Give a Speech is a must-have for anyone who ever fell in love with Macondo or cherished a battered copy of Love in the Time of Cholera.

Critics Review

  • “A powerful storyteller with the spoken as well as printed word…These talks, so eloquently rendered by García Márquez’s longtime translator Grossman, capture the novelist’s passion, genius, and energetic way of telling a story with a clear moral.”

    Publishers Weekly
  • “A set of speeches given over the course of his long literary career offers snapshots of the Colombian author’s uniquely eloquent humanitarian voice and vision…Essential truths in the rare and generous voice of a maestro.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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