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Gabriel García Márquez Rest in Peace

April 19, 2014

Gabriel García Márquez, Conjurer of Literary Magic, Dies at 87 – NYTimes

Gabriel García Márquez, the Colombian novelist whose “One Hundred Years of Solitude” established him as a giant of 20th-century literature, died on Thursday at his home in Mexico City. He was 87.

“Each new work of his is received by expectant critics and readers as an event of world importance,” the Swedish Academy of Letters said in awarding him the Nobel.

Gabriel García Márquez in 2002 - Wikipedia

Gabriel García Márquez in 2002 – Wikipedia

Rest in Peace, Gabriel García Márquez.

I only heard much about his books after he had passed away, but I am glad that something good could come of his passing. Otherwise it might have been much longer before I heard about his works, especially One Hundred Years of Solitude.

From the Wikipedia article:

Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez (American Spanish: [ɡaˈβɾjel ɣarˈsi.a ˈmarkes]About this soundaudio (help·info); 6 March 1927 – 17 April 2014) was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist, known affectionately as Gabothroughout Latin America.

Considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century,  he was awarded the 1972 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature.[1] He pursued a self-directed education that resulted in his leaving law school for a career in journalism. From early on, he showed no inhibitions in his criticism of Colombian and foreign politics. In 1958, he married Mercedes Barcha; they had two sons, Rodrigo and Gonzalo.[2]

García Márquez started as a journalist, and wrote many acclaimed non-fiction works and short stories, but is best known for his novels, such as One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), The Autumn of the Patriarch (1975) and Love in the Time of Cholera (1985). His works have achieved significant critical acclaim and widespread commercial success, most notably for popularizing a literary style labeled as magic realism, which uses magical elements and events in otherwise ordinary and realistic situations. Some of his works are set in a fictional village called Macondo (the town mainly inspired by his birthplace Aracataca), and most of them explore the theme of solitude.

One Hundred Years of Solitude – Wikipedia:

One Hundred Years of Solitude (Spanish: Cien años de soledad) is a 1967 novel by Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez that tells the multi-generational story of the Buendía family, whose patriarch, José Arcadio Buendía, founds the town of Macondo, the metaphoric Colombia.

The widely acclaimed book, considered by many to be the author’s masterpiece, was first published in Spanish in 1967, and subsequently has been translated into thirty-seven languages and has sold more than 30 million copies.[1][2][3] The magical realist style and thematic substance of One Hundred Years of Solitude established it as an important, representative novel of the literary Latin American Boom of the 1960s and 1970s,[4] which was stylistically influenced by Modernism (European and North American) and the Cuban Vanguardia (Vanguard) literary movement.

Many thanks to those who translated the book into English so I could have an opportunity to read it.

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

 

When I get this book, I will have to edit this to review One Hundred Years of Solitude. I am excited about reading it. I wonder if anyone has done an audiobook version of it yet? Will have to go and look into that…

Yes! One Hundred Years of Solitude is available on Audible.com as well as a second entry for Gabriel García Márquez called, García Márquez in 90 Minutes. They are both in my Audible wish list.

I have also added One Hundred Years of Solitude to my goodreads to-read list.

Rest in Peace, Gabriel García Márquez.

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