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The General in His Labyrinth

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  15,238 ratings  ·  724 reviews
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Gabriel García Márquez's most political novel is the tragic story of General Simón Bolívar, the man who tried to unite a continent.

Bolívar, known in six Latin American countries as the Liberator, is one of the most revered heroes of the western hemisphere; in García Márquez's brilliant reimagining he is magnificently flawed as well. The novel
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Hardcover, 248 pages
Published October 26th 2004 by Everyman's Library (first published March 1989)
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William2
This is wonderful. Dense with historical incident, deft characterization, and the telling detail that is García Márquez's hallmark. It's the story of Simón Bolívar--he who liberated South America from Spanish colonial tyranny--and his retreat from public life just prior to his death. The great trick of the novel is to make condensed passages of historical summary ring with life through the recollections of the dying General. Predictably perhaps he obsessively catalogs his enemies' perfidies whic ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
El general en su laberinto = The General in His Labyrinth, Gabriel García Márquez
The General in His Labyrinth (original Spanish title: El general en su laberinto) is a 1989 dictator novel by Colombian writer and Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez. It is a fictionalized account of the last seven months of Simón Bolívar, liberator and leader of Gran Colombia. The book traces Bolívar's final journey from Bogotá to the Caribbean coastline of Colombia in his attempt to leave South America for exil
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Jibran
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nobel, fiction, hispanic
Idleness was painful after so many years of wars, bitter governments, and trivial loves.

The profundity of Simón Bolívar’s vision became the bane of his life. He was destined to be the man who led the Latin American people to freedom from the imperial rule of Spain. Having broken the shackles of slavery he took over the uncontested leadership of the vast continent as the President with the singular aim of unifying the freed countries of the Americas into "the greatest republic the world has ever
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Ben Babcock
I always feel a twinge of pity when someone tells me, “I don’t read for pleasure any more” or “I only read non-fiction.” Most of the pity is sympathy for the fact that, in today’s busy world, we just don’t have the time. Whenever someone expresses awe at the number of books I read in a year and asks me how I do it, I say, truthfully, that I make the time to read, just as I make the time to write these reviews. So I realize that the act of reading is itself a commitment, an investment of time and ...more
Jim
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I heard that Gabriel Garcia Marquez had died, I walked over to my shelf of South American literature and picked up The General in His Labyrinth. The story is about the last days of Simon Bolivar, the Liberator, as he took a 14-day cruise down the Rio Magdalena to the Caribbean, from whence he would ship out for Europe.

But this was not to be. Not only was the Liberator dying, but he had the misfortune of seeing the proud republics he had founded falling prey to disunity and squabbling. In a
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Jan-Maat
Follows the last few weeks and days of the life of Simon Bolivar as he surrenders political power and travels down the Magdalena River to the coast on his last journey. While he travels there are reflections on his past, his role in the wars of independence against Spain and his political ambitions.

This is an interesting historical novel in (shades of Wolf Hall here) that the author was trying to remodel the popular image of the man. Bolivar has been seen as a founding father for many of the fo
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Zuberino



বলিভারকে বাইরের দুনিয়ায় আজ কে চেনে? অথচ একটি আসত মহাদেশকে মুকতি এনে দিয়েছিলেন তিনি - ঐতিহাসিক গুরুতবে লেনিন বা জরজ ওয়াশিংটনের চেয়ে কোন অংশে কম নয়। বহিরবিশবে তিনি বিসমৃত হলেও লযাটিন আমেরিকা তাকে মনে রেখেছে ঠিকই - বোধ করি এমন কোনো শহর বা গঞজ খুঁজে পাওয়া যাবে না যেখানে বলিভারের নামে একটি সড়ক বা চতবর বা সকুল বা হাসপাতাল নেই। একটি দেশ আছে তার নামে - বলিভিয়া। আর আছে একটি সুপরিচিত, সরবজনসবীকৃত ডাকনাম - "মহাতমা" বা "বঙগবনধু" যেমন - "এল লিবেরতাদোর", বা মুকতিদাতা।

এই মহাদেশীয় আইকনকে নিয়ে না লিখলে হয়তো মহাদ
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Brent
Jun 25, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hard-core Latin American historians only!
Boy, I trudged my way through this fictionalized account of Simón Bolívar's final voyage along the Magdalena River. The prose is sharp and beautiful when it needs to be (this is, after all, García Marquez), but the story held no interest. In fact, I'm tempted to ask in response: what story?

People and places from the General's life are constantly evoked, but on this point I have two major critiques: first, the flashbacks are far too paltry (a page or two at most) to really generate any parallel -
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Lamski Kikita
Sep 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those interetsed in Latin American history, the Bolivarian movement, Gabo addicts
Everyone knows of the big historical events that took place in the 1800 during the liberation of Latin America from the Spanish colonization that are of course associated with Simon Bolivar-aka the Liberator. Apart from his vision for a united Latin America that would form the biggest country that would be "half of the world," his wars for integration, and his glories, no one cares to know about his end.

Gabo had to do extensive reasearch for two years, contacting people from so many different wa
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Luís C.
I just loved the universe and the writing of this novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The writer manages to be born in us full of images and takes us with her beautiful descriptions.
Ahmed M. Gamil
بدايةً لم تحبطني روايةً مثل تلك الرواية.. توقعتُ فيما توقّعتُ أن أقف على مقطوعة أدبيّة عالية الطراز.. منمّقة في أدقّ تفاصيلها.. تأخذ أنفاسك في لوحاتها المرسومة بعناية بقلم ماركيز الجميل.. لكنّي، ويالحسرتي، لم أجدُ فيها ما تمنّيتُ.. بحثتُ عن ماركيز هنا فلم أجدْهُ..

عموماً، تصف الروايةُ المنعطف الأخير في حياة الأسطورة بوليفار.. أسطورةٌ هو أَمْ دون خوان متعددّ العلاقات هائم في عشق كلّ ماهو أنثويّ.. لا يهمّ هو أسطورةٌ على كلّ حال.

من شابّ يافع لم يكن يأبه بالنضال تلقّى تعليمه بفرنسا إلى محرر لأمريكا ا
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Ninoska Goris
Se trata de una novela histórica que recrea los últimos días de Simón Bolívar, uno de los principales líderes de los procesos de independencia política desarrollados en América del Sur en el primer cuarto del siglo XIX.

Es el libro que menos me gusta de Gabriel García Márquez porque es un libro histórico.
Erwin
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An honest and compassionate tribute to a truly remarkable hero in the last days of his life.
Daniel Chaikin


44. The General in His Labyrinth by Gabriel García Márquez
translation: 1990 by Edith Grossman
published: 1989
format: 285 page paperback
acquired: March
read: Aug 8-19
rating: 3

A novel based on the last several months of life of Simón Bolívar.

After leading the liberation of much of South America from a Napoleon-dominated Spain, Bolívar became a dictatorial-like president of Greater Colombia, a country that included present-day Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Panama, northern Peru, western Guyana and n
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Chez Abaa
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ky është libri i katërt i Marquez-it që kam lexuar. E kam shijuar shumë për stilin dhe ndërtimin e një personazhi në mënyrë aq të plotë, sa nuk ke zgjedhje tjetër veç admirimit kundrejt tij. Një roman me tipare historike, por që rrëshqet në mënyrë të heshtur dhe pa bujë drejt një drame (tragjedie!) të shpirtit njerëzor, të gërryer pa mëshirë nga tradhëtitë, humbjet dhe mbi të gjitha prej shkëlqimit të humbur. Prekja e trajtës më të fshehur të një embleme si Simon Bolivari, asaj që ai u pëpoq aq ...more
Wafaa Darwish
ترجمة صالح العلماني تستحق ٤ او ٥ نجوم ولكن الرواية مملّة جدا وفيها الكثير والكثير من التفاصيل، وليس فيها ما يغري لمتابعة القراءة. هذه قراءتي الثالثة لماركيز والاخيرة.ه
Juan Marcelo
El libro más denso que leí de Gabriel García Márquez hasta el momento, pero sin embargo tiene un contenido profundo; son los últimos días de Simón Bolívar, claramente escrito, se puede apreciar los sueños frustrados del Libertador, sus angustias, pasiones y alegrías, todo esto vivido bajo la enfermedad que poco a poco debilitará su entereza, pero aún así se mantiene firme en sus convicciones con el apoyo de los pocos amigos que le quedan.

Esta novela es triste y refleja las penosas vivencias que
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حسين العُمري
رواية على شكل سيرة ذاتية مكثفة للأيام الأخيرة للجنرال سيمون بوليفار الزعيم الذي كان يحلم بتوحيد أمريكا الجنوبية وقاتل ببسالة لتحريرها من الاحتلال الإسباني حتى أطلق عليه لقب المحرر ،، الأيام الأخيرة بكل ما تحمله من إحباطات وأحلام وإنهاك وأمراض حتى لحظة الاحتضار ،، ماركيز هنا يكتب رواية تاريخية مستلهمة من آلاف الأوراق والحكايات والكتب والأحداث كما ذكر في نهاية الكتاب وجاء العمل ليحكي بدقة وغزارة تلك المتاهة التي كان يعيش فيها بوليفار آخر مرحلة من حياته مستذكراً ومحملاً بالكثير من المعارك والوقائع ...more
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María Angélica
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Se leerá estúpido que siendo un libro tan famoso solo haya despertado mi interés en leerlo porque Green lo mencionara en una de sus obras. Anteriormente había leído al Gabo y había quedado prendada de su escritura.
Al principio no lo hice por placer sino obligaciones de la carrera. Estudiar comunicación social me ha abierto puertas y me ha guiado a conocer escritores espectaculares que también comparten la misma profesión y el mismo amor bonito que yo le tengo al periodismo. Este libro es una ob
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أحمد أبازيد Ahmad Abazed
و من مثلُ ماركيز ؟!!
التاريخ يتكلّم هنا و بلادٌ عانت قرونا من الأشلاء و الحروب و الهويّة ,
و " البطل " الذي يتجسّد في الحروف كإنسان منعتق من أسطورته , يترك حروبه على خصر أنثاه , ويرشّ ماء الكولونيا بينما يتذكّر آخر من حاول اغتياله , و يتمرجح على وقع الأحلام التي تتصارع كآلهة اليونان ...
جميلة هذه الرحلة بتفاصيلها و قفزاتها عبر الزمن و النهر الذي تمشي فيه البلاد و ذاكرة البشر حوله بما تحويه من شعارات بطولة و أمجاد و عار و حروب و دم و أحقاد و أحلام و بنادق و وطن و نساء ...
Inderjit Sanghera
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The reader gradually succumbs to the hypnagogic world fashioned by Gabriel Garcia Marquez; a world seen through the eyes of the now old and dying General Simon Bolivar, liberator of South America and revolutionist, but in the eyes of Marquez, a cynical and embittered man whose soul and body have been crushed an insurmountable weight of disillusion. In some ways Marquez is upending typical fictional accounts of great men, which usually concentrate on their greatness and skip their humanity, whils ...more
FP
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Es una obra maestra, pero una que se debe leer bajo el clima mental apropiado.
Es la triste y trágica historia de un hombre que luchó toda su vida por un proyecto, dio todo lo que tenía por él y más, se ganó la antipatía de medio mundo y más en el proceso, literalmente gastó su propia vida elaborándolo y viéndolo crecer, incluso ganándose fama de controlador y obsesivo por ello, y cuando al fin lo deja para que pueda seguir desarrollándose por su cuenta, no tarda mucho en desmoronarse en pedazos,
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Tim Fiester
Sep 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
Garcia Marquez is one of my all-time favorite authors (heck, our daughter is named after him). "One Hundred Years of Solitude" is at #2 on my All-Time Top 5 Books and I like magical realism. Unfortunately, that is where "The General ..." parts ways with me. This book is told in basically a journalistic style. That's not surprising, given that Garcia Marquez worked as a reporter in his early days, but this book could have been so much more if it followed in the wake of his other works, in short, ...more
Mub
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
آه كانت ثلاث ليال ممتعة مع الجنرال
sologdin
We meet Simon Bolivar here as he floats in the bath meditating, “the ecstasy in which he lay drifting seemed that of a man no longer of this world” (3). What’s at stake: “He had wrested from Spanish domination an empire five times more vast than all of Europe, he had led twenty years of war to keep it free and united, and he had governed it with a firm hand until the week before” (37).

Dying at the moment the novel opens, Bolivar seeks with a “daily mass of ablutions” to “purge his body and spir
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Thanawat
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
“เมือไหรผมจึงจะหลุดพนจากเขาวงกตนีไดเสียที!”

หนังสือเลมนีของมาเกซเปนเหมือนสารคดีบันปลาย และฉากสุดทายของชีวิต ซีโมน โบลิวาร

มาเกซเขียนเลารายละเอียดชีวิตชวงทายๆ ของนายพลเผดจการผูปลดแอกอเมริกาใตออกมาเปนฉากๆ
บันปลายชีวิตของนายพลเผดจการชางคลาสสิก
ตกตำ ทุกขระทม และเดียวดาย
แนละวาชวงทีรุงเรืองทีสุด กสุดแสนจะคลาสสิกเชนกัน
ทังมังมีทรัพย และอำนาจ แถมยังผานผูหญิงนับรอย
ซึงหลายๆ ฉาก หลายๆ เรือง มสถูกเปิดเผยเอาตอนทีหมดอำนาจแลวนีแหละ

หนังสือเลมนีออกมาเปนสารคดีจาเลย ไมมีสัจจนิยมมหัศจรรยใดๆ ตามแบบฉบับมาเกซเลยโดยสินเชิง

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Dionisis Karachalios
Εννοείται πως τα βιβλία είναι τα καλύτερα διότι σου αφήνουν την αίσθηση και την επιλογή να φτιάξεις εσύ όπως θες στο μυαλό σου τα πάντα.Στην αρχή,έως τη μέση "μετά το σταμάτησα" μου φάνηκε λίγο βαρετό και αδιάφορο,σε αρκετά σημεία,και με λεπτομέρειες ανούσιες.

Και επειδή βρίσκεται στη κατοχή μας και το "έρωτας στα χρόνια της χολέρας" κάποια στιγμή θα τελειώσουμε με αυτό,το κύκλο,χωρίς αμφιβολία αυτού του μεγάλου και νομπελίστα λογοτέχνη.
هاني العواضي
الجنرال في متاهته
-اللعنة كيف سأخرج من هذه المتاهة-
سيمون بوليفار

تدور أحداث هذه الرواية حول العام الأخير من حياة القائد العسكري الجنرال سيمون بوليفار الذي قام بدور بارز بتحرير الكثير من دول أمريكا اللاتينية مثل كولمبيا و بيرو و بوليفيا من سيطرة الإستعمار الأسباني و توفي عن عمر ناهز سبعة و أربعين عاماً.

تركز أحداث الرواية بشكل رئيسي على رحلته الأخيرة بعد تقديم إستقالته من رئاسة كولومبيا عبر نهر مجدلينا ، يقول ماركيز : ما كان يهمني أكثر من أمجاد الشخصية الأساسية هو نهر مجدلينا الذي بدأت أتعرفه و أنا
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Chloe
Sep 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chloe by: Lorena K.
Everybody loves a hero. Everybody loves it even more when a hero falls from grace. There are few things that humans enjoy more than taking a powerful person down a peg or two. In fact, we get a sick thrill from it. Whether it’s the rising up of a virginal starlet (take your pick, they’re a dime a dozen) so that we may delight in tearing her to pieces when she is unable to live up to the exceptionally demanding standards of behavior we set for others to abide by, or the fall from grace of an espe ...more
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Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist. García Márquez, familiarly known as "Gabo" in his native country, was considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century. In 1982, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

He studied at the University of Bogotá and later worked as a reporter for the Colombian n
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