Book of Marquez speeches released

Mexico City: The new compilation of speeches by Gabriel Garcia Marquez is entitled, of course, ‘I Didn`t Come Here to Make a Speech’.

The title is true to the spirit of absurdity that characterizes "magical realism," the literary style the Colombian-born Garcia Marquez pioneered.

The book starts with a 1944 speech he made at a high school graduation, and includes his 1982 Nobel Literature Prize acceptance speech.

Editor Cristobal Pera said the speeches show how Garcia Marquez evolved as a writer and thinker. The speeches touch on politics, literature and other topics.

Garcia Marquez did not attend Thursday`s presentation of the book, but Pera said he "is doing very well for a man of 83 who has overcome cancer."

Bureau Report