- Author : GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ
- Publisher : Penguin India
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-13 : 9780140245295
The General In His Labyrinth is the fictionalised account that depicts the last few months of General Simón Bolívar’s lifetime, who successfully helped Latin America get independence. This book follows the leader on his final journey, down the coastline of Colombia in order to reach Europe. This political novel covers the story of the liberator not at the time of his triumphs, but during his days of decline.
The General In His Labyrinth shows how the protagonist, at the age of 46, is preparing to leave his country after not being chosen as the President of the new Colombian Government. The people no longer support him, and an unspecified illness is slowly killing him. As the General sets sail with his entourage, he realises how unpopular he has become in Latin America.
The General In His Labyrinth illustrates how the man is reluctant to leave the places of his former glories. He wanders down the Magdalena River, while becoming lost in the labyrinth of his own memories. The new edition of The General In His Labyrinth was published by Penguin India in 2000. It is available in paperback format.
About the Author
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, born in 1927, was a Colombian journalist and author who also wrote for films. He is the author of bestsellers like Love In The Time Of Cholera and One Hundred Years Of Solitude. Marquez studied law at the National University of Colombia, but soon became a journalist. He worked for El Heraldo, El Espectador, and El Moment. He was the editor of Venezuela Gráfica.
Marquez was a facilitator between the guerrillas and the Colombian government. He won the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 1972, and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982. Upon his death in 2014, the Colombian President called him the greatest Colombian of all time.