A Farewell to Gabo and Mercedes: A Son's Memoir of Gabriel García Márquez and Mercedes Barcha
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About the Author
Rodrigo Garcia was born in Colombia, grew up in Mexico City, and now lives in Los Angeles with his family. He studied history at Harvard University before becoming a screenwriter and director. His theatrical films include Nine Lives, Albert Nobbs, and Last Days in the Desert, and he has directed episodes of Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, and the pilot of Big Love, for which he received an Emmy nomination. He was a writer, executive producer, and series showrunner for HBO's In Treatment, and directed several of the series' episodes.
--Wall Street Journal
An intimate and surprisingly relatable chronicle of grief and acceptance, [that] also offers a glimpse into one of the most famous literary figures of all time.--Washington Post
"García's notes, acutely observational, are simultaneously infused with love, respect and the pain of loss."
--BookPage (starred review)
Garcia's limpid prose gazes calmly at death, registering pain but not being overcome by it... the result is a moving eulogy that will captivate fans of the literary lion.--Publishers Weekly
...An intensely personal reflection on [Garcia's] father's legacy and his family bonds, tender in its treatment and stirring in its brevity.--Booklist (starred review)
"An intimate record of the autumn of Gabriel García Márquez. Memoirs by 'the children of...' tend to be tightly personal, as if a cadre of fans, journalists, assistants, drivers and domestic workers did not exist. This slender book, by the writer's son, has the distance and assurance natural to a man who became a distinguished filmmaker in NorteAmerica, a world away from his father. There are no apologies or obfuscations. It's a beautiful book: loyal, complicated, loving. And Rodrigo Garcia manages, however unconsciously, to give his private parent the final movement of his narrative and with this one stroke, despite the weight of a world's worth of admirers, to equalize his beloved parents' lives." --Mona Simpson
A warm homage filled with both fond and painful memories.--Kirkus Reviews
"In A FAREWELL TO GABO AND MERCEDES: A SON'S MEMOIR OF GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ AND MERCEDES BARCHA Rodrigo Garcia finds the words that cannot be said, the moments that signal all that is possible to know about the passage from life to death, from what love brings and the loss it leaves. With details as rich as any giant biography, you will find yourself grieving as you read, grateful for the profound art that remains a part of our cultural heritage."
--Walter Mosley, New York Times bestselling author of Down the River unto the Sea
"This is a beautiful farewell to two extraordinary people. It enthralled and moved me, and it will move and enthrall anyone who has ever entered the glorious literary world of Gabriel García Márquez."--Salman Rushdie
"You read this short memoir with a feeling of deep gratitude. Yes, it is a moving homage by a son to his extraordinary parents, but also much more: it is a revelation of the hidden corners of a fascinating life. A Farewell to Gabo and Mercedes is generous, unsentimental and wise."
--Juan Gabriel Vásquez, author of The Sound of Things Falling
"[T]his slender, 176-page memoir functions more as a moving meditation on the end of life and its aftermath, both physical and psychological. . . . García Márquez's story now has an end. It is tender and poignant and fitting."
--Los Angeles Times