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Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014)

Gabriel Marquez Gabriel García Márquez, the Colombian-born author known for his stories that blurred the lines between fantasy and reality--as well as the lines between tragedy and comedy--has died following a bout with pneumonia. As the author of novels including One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, "Gabo" was instrumental in introducing Latin American literature to a worldwide audience, and was awarded the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature "for 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." García Márquez was 87.

 

 

 

 

 

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I lived in Colombia for 20 years and married a Spanish writer who was personal friends with "Gabo", a personal nickname of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I wrote my MA thesis on two of Gabo's books, La hojarasca y Cien Annos de Soledad. I read every book he wrote many times, studied the movies and have given lectures on them. One year I was in Santiago de Cuba and knew that Gabo was there also for a conference on Colombia. By then my first husband had died and with my second husband ran all over Santiago looking for Gabo. We found another writer, Manuel Zapata Olivella, who although not as famous as Gabo, was an excellent writer and famous in Colombia. He also knew my first husband who was a poet. I never met Gabo but my second husband sat in front of him during an animal sacrifice presentation,and later shook hands with him. I was even in Cartagena in front of Gabo's house but was not allowed admittance because I lacked credentials and time to obtain them. That is the history of my frustrated experiences trying to get to know Gabo personally. However I mourn his death as if I had known him because in reality I knew him through his books and through my two husbands. Paloma Pilar

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