Latin American author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1982, died Thursday. He was 87. Garcia Marquez, the master of a style known as magic realism, was and remains Latin America’s best-known writer.
His novels were filled with miraculous and enchanting events and characters; love and madness; wars, politics, dreams and death. And everything he had written, Garcia Marquez once said, he knew or heard before he was 8 years old.
Chilean novelist Ariel Dorfman says Marquez’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech was one of the author’s most important messages to the world.
"Garcia Marquez is speaking about all the people who are marginal to history, who have not had a voice," Dorfman says. "He gives a voice to all those who died. He gives a voice to all those who are not born yet. He gives a voice to Latin America."
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Gabo ya es lluvia y río y el hielo por conocer. Gracias por tanto.
I’m going to cry for day over the passing of the best Colombian writers, and just one of the best writers, regardless of nationality. But being Colombian, I can’t help but be proud of the world recognizing the beauty and magic in his writing, of a Colombian writer.
So like I wrote on Twitter “El mundo no sólo ha perdido a un gran escritor colombiano, pero un gran escritor, será unos cien años de soledad sin ti, pero #GraciasGabo”
You will be deeply missed, Gabo, but you will live on in your beautiful and magical works that will continue to inspire generations to come.
Descansa en paz, Gabriel García Márquez.
Solo tengo una palabra para decirte: Gracias.
Gracias por llevarme en una de las aventuras más grandes de mi vida.
Gracias por presentarme mundos que nunca me podría haber imaginado.
Gracias por hacerme ver la vida desde una perspectiva distinta.
Gracias por presentar la realidad cuando nadie más lo quería hacer.
Gracias por ser de lo mejor de mi país.
Gracias Gabo, te extrañare mucho.
"La vida no es la que uno vivió, sino la que uno recuerda, y cómo la recuerda para contarla".
Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel Prize-winning magic realist behind the beloved novels One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, has died at the age of 87, according to sources close to the family.
The beloved Spanish-language writer died at home in Mexico City around midday, sources told The Associated Press, confirming Mexican newspaper reports Thursday afternoon. The individuals spoke on condition of anonymity out of respect for the family’s privacy.
Marquez won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982, with organizers hailing “his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent’s life and conflicts.”
Considered one of the most popular Spanish-language writers of his generation, Marquez was born in the Colombian mountain town of Aracataca, which inspired the fictional village of Macondo immortalized in his generations-spanning family saga One Hundred Years of Solitude.
A former film critic, journalist and foreign correspondent, Marquez eventually began writing fiction. He published the epic One Hundred Years of Solitude in 1967. Translated into more than 30 languages, it has sold more than 30 million copies around the globe.
His other works — including Autumn of the Patriarch, Love in the Time of Cholera, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, The General and His Labyrinth, Memories of My Melancholy Whores, Living to Tell the Tale and I Didn’t Come Here to Make a Speech — spanned novels, novellas, short stories, a collection of speeches, essays, screenplays and a memoir.
Several of his works have also been adapted for other media, including the 2007 movie Love in the Time of Cholera and an opera based on Of Love and Other Demons.
“Hay un momento en que todos los obstáculos se derrumban, todos los conflictos se apartan, y a uno se le ocurren cosas que no había soñado, y entonces no hay en la vida nada mejor que escribir.”
Adios al Nobel, al ícono y creador del Realismo Mágico, un movimiento literario que nace en nuestra natal Colombia, pero que luego se extendió mundialmente gracias a la deliciosa narrativa de la extraordinaria, a veces absurda e inverosímil cultura Latinoamericana.
"There is a moment when all the obstacles fall apart, all the conflicts move away, and you realize things that you haven’t ever dream, and then there is nothing else to do in life, but write".
Goodbye to the Nobel, the icon and creator of “Magic Realism”, a literature movement that borns in Colombian, and later extends worldwide thanks to the delicious narrative of the extraordinary Latin American Culture.
Thank you, Gabo
Un grande se ha ido, descansa en paz gran Gabo.
Gabriel García Márquez, the famous Colombian journalist, novelist, short story writer, screenwriter and journalist has died at the age of 87.
One of the most significant authors of the 20th Century, Marquez was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. [MORE]