Friday, 18 April 2014

Gabriel Garcia Marquez passes away

Love in the Time of Chaos

Famous Latin American author and Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez has passed away today at the age of 87. He had been living in Mexico City, Mexico and traveled across Latin America for years. Born in Northern Columbia in 1927, Garcia Marquez was a giant and a totem pole in Latin American literature standing beside Julio Cortes, Jose Marti, Eduardo Galeano and Pablo Neruda. He introduced his readers and the wider world to magical realism inspired his grandmother's stories from his childhood. Among his famous works are One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera. His books with ironic titles, often feature extraordinary characters and events sometimes based his own life or on local folklore and others from historical and major events across Latin America. Originally beginning a career as a foreign correspondent, Garcia Marquez began his decades long literary career in 1955 with his first novel Leafstorm. However it wasn't until 1967 when he published Cien Anos de Soledad that his genius for intricate stories caught the attention of the non Spanish speaking world. His later books include Chronicles of a Death foretold, Love and other demons, Clandestine in Chile and Incredible and sad tale of Innocent Erendira. In 1982 he won the Nobel Prize for Literature by then recognized as one of the of great Latin American authors of magical realism and its cousin surrealism. For forty years, Garcia Marquez wrote and wrote on everything from fantastic adventures across space and time to the true stories of artists, friends and reflections on his own life. A globe trekker for most of his life, Garcia Marquez experience the diversity of cultures and societies that heavily influenced his writings and ideas. His books has influenced various literary friends and authors among them Rudolfo Anaya (Bless Mi Ultima) or Isabel Allende (The House of Spirits) whose works have been published into many languages or read on many continents. As a giant among many, he will be greatly missed.

A collage of Garcia Marquz novels

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