“He Gave Us Back Our History”
Isabel Allende on Gabriel GarcÃa MÃ¡rquez in exclusive interview at Democracy Now
Gabriel GarcÃa MÃ¡rquez with a copy of his book One Hundred Years of Solitude (Cien aÃ±os de soledad) in 1975.
Listen to Gabo in his own words talk about writing his masterwork.
âMuchos aÃ±os despuÃ©s, frente al pelotÃ³n de fusilamiento, el coronel Aureliano BuendÃa habÃa de recordar aquella tarde remota en que su padre lo llevÃ³ a conocer el hielo. Macondo era entonces una aldea de 20 casas de barro y caÃ±abrava construidas a la orilla de un rÃo de aguas diÃ¡fanas que se precipitaban por un lecho de piedras pulidas, blancas y enormes como huevos prehistÃ³ricos. El mundo era tan reciente, que muchas cosas carecÃan de nombre, y para mencionarlas habÃa que seÃ±alarlas con el dedo … â
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In this March 6, 2014, file photo, Colombian Nobel Literature laureate Gabriel GarcÃa MÃ¡rquez greets fans and reporters outside his home on his birthday in Mexico City. The family said his health was âvery fragileâ 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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One of the greatest novelists and writers of the 20th century has died. Colombian author Gabriel GarcÃa MÃ¡rquez 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 GarcÃa MÃ¡rquez, 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.”
Colombia’s president Juan Manuel Santos declares three days of mourning after the death of Nobel prize winner Gabriel GarcÃa MÃ¡rquez. Vigils are held throughout the country. MÃ¡rquez, considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century, died in Mexico City. He was 87.
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