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Remembering Gabriel Garcia Marquez



GABRIEL García Márquez was in life one of the greatest novelists that ever wrote in any language. Born on March 6, 1927 in Aracataca, Colombia, to Gabriel Eligio García and Luisa Santiaga Márquez, the celebrated novelist who bore the alias of “Gabo” to the high and mighty all over the world started out as a journalist while studying law at the National University of Colombia.

  He married his lifelong heartthrob Mercedes Barcha in March 1958, and the marriage was blessed with two sons Rodrigo and Gonzalo. In 1961 Garcia Marquez and his wife and first son Rodrigo travelled by Greyhound bus throughout the southern United States before eventually settling in Mexico City. He undertook the travel because he had always wanted to see the South of the US because the area inspired the writings of William Faulkner.

  Garcia Marquez’s first novel, actually a novella Leaf Storm, took seven years to find a publisher that brought it out in 1955. A prodigious wordsmith who wrote in Spanish, Garcia Marquez published the following novels: In Evil   Hour (1962); One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967); The Autumn of the Patriarch (1975); Love in the Time of Cholera (1985); The General in His Labyrinth (1989); Of Love and Other Demons (1994).

  His masterful novellas include: Leaf Storm (1955); No One Writes to the Colonel (1961); Chronicle of a Death Foretold (1981); Memories of My Melancholy Whores (2004). His short story collections are: Eyes of a Blue Dog (1947); Big Mama’s Funeral (1962); The Incredible and Sad Tale of Innocent Erendira and Her Heartless Grandmother (1978); Collected Stories (1984); Strange Pilgrims (1993).

  The non-fiction books authored by Garcia Marquez are as follows: The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor (1970); The Solitude of Latin America (1982); The Fragrance of Guava (1982, with Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza); Clandestine in Chile (1986); News of a Kidnapping (1996); A Country for Children (1998); and his autobiography Living to Tell the Tale (2002).

  Garcia Marquez’s breakthrough book is without question the epochal novel One Hundred Years of Solitude. The  idea of the novel had been with him from the age of 18 until the inspiration finally seized him totally one day while he was driving his family to Acapulco. As if possessed, he immediately turned the car around such that he and the family returned home so he could begin writing. He took the decision to sell his car so his family would have money to live on while he wrote. Even so, writing the novel took

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