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Gabriel García Márquez (March 6, 1927 – April 17, 2014) — in memoriam

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Gabriel García Márquez: A giant in the literature of the Americas

By Rafael Azul
14 May 2014
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Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez, best known for his widely acclaimed novels One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) and Love in the Time of Cholera (1985), died April 17 in Mexico City, his home since 1961, at the age of 87. García Márquez won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1982. In the course of a long career, the author left his mark not only as a novelist, but also as a journalist, scriptwriter, moviemaker and writer of short stories.

Read Rafael Azul’s whole tribute

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Isabel Allende on Gabriel García Márquez in exclusive interview at Democracy Now

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Gabriel García Márquez with a copy of his book One Hundred Years of Solitude (Cien años de soledad) in 1975.
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Muchos años después, frente al pelotón de fusilamiento, el coronel Aureliano Buendía había de recordar aquella tarde remota en que su padre lo llevó a conocer el hielo. Macondo era entonces una aldea de 20 casas de barro y cañabrava construidas a la orilla de un río de aguas diáfanas que se precipitaban por un lecho de piedras pulidas, blancas y enormes como huevos prehistóricos. El mundo era tan reciente, que muchas cosas carecían de nombre, y para mencionarlas había que señalarlas con el dedo

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In this March 6, 2014, file photo, Colombian Nobel Literature laureate Gabriel García Márquez greets fans and reporters outside his home on his birthday in Mexico City. The family said his health was “very fragile” after he left a Mexico City hospital on April 8. The world renowned Colombia-born writer is at his home in Mexico City after eight days in the hospital last week for treatment of pneumonia and related problems.

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open quotesIt always amuses me that the biggest praise for my work comes for the imagination, while the truth is that there’s not a single line in all my work that does not have a basis in reality. The problem is that Caribbean reality resembles the wildest imagination.
— Gabriel García Márquez

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One of the greatest novelists and writers of the 20th century has died. Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez passed away Thursday in Mexico at the age of 87. It has been reported that only the Bible has sold more copies in the Spanish language than the works of García Márquez, who was affectionately known at “Gabo” throughout Latin America. His novel One Hundred Years of Solitude is considered one of the masterful examples of the literary genre known as magic realism, and it won him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. The Swedish Academy described it as a book “in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent’s life and conflicts.”

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Gabriel García Márquez obituary | Telegraph, UK, 18 April 2014

Button-Play-32x32Colombia’s president Juan Manuel Santos declares three days of mourning after the death of Nobel prize winner Gabriel García Márquez. Vigils are held throughout the country. Márquez, considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century, died in Mexico City. He was 87.

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 Gabriel García Márquez bibliography and checklist at themodernword.com

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