"One Hundred Years of Solitude" is a 1967 novel by the famed Spanish author Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The book has received universal recognition and has been translated into 37 languages. It was also cited among the works which earned Garcia Marquez the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. The book tells the story of six generations of the Buendia family in a small, isolated village … [Read more...]
Gabriel García Márquez
Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez was a Colombian author, screenwriter, journalist and Latin American hero born in 1927 in Aracataca, Colombia. Marquez is widely considered one of the most significant Spanish-language authors of the 20th century. He received many awards in his lifetime, the highest among them being the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982.
Marquez was the son of a pharmacist who was left to be raised by his grandparents from a young age and later went on to study law at the National University of Colombia where he took up journalism. During the late 1940's, Marquez made his money as a journalist for the El Universal in Cartagena and then, in the early 1950's for the El Heraldo in Barranquilla. It was during this time that Marquez, known for his liberalism, helped with the coup d'etat of the Venezuelan President Marcos Perez Jimenez. In 1958, Marquez married Mercedes Barcha and the two had two sons shortly after.
His first novel "One Hundred Years of Solitude" (1967) was a huge success and one many award including the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature. The book continues to be considered one of the greatest classic novels of the 20th century.
After the book was published, Marquez lived in Spain for several years. During this time he acted as a facilitator in negotiations between Colombia's government and the urban guerrillas in the country. Marquez's fame also led to many friendships with famous world leaders such as Fidel Castro, the former Cuban president. Because of his widely known views on United States imperialism, Marquez was denied entry into the US for many years. Marquez went on to publish many more beloved books including, "The Autumn of the Patriarch" (1975), "Chronicle of Death Foretold" (1981) and "Love in the Time of Cholera" (1985).
Marquez also wrote many screenplays that were made into movies in Latin America. He continued to work as an author and serve as a beloved national figure until April 2014 when he died of pneumonia at the age of 87. Marquez was cremated, and a formal ceremony was held several days later as a memorial of his life. The presidents of both Colombia and Mexico City attended the ceremony. Residents of his home town of Aracataca also held a symbolic funeral in his honor.
Published in 1988, Love in the Time of Cholera is a love story. It is based in the "City of the Viceroys" which, from descriptions is probably around Cartagena. The story takes place from around 1880 to 1930. Florentino Ariza is a young man who is popular with the ladies and works as a delivery boy for the post office, then one day he sees the beautiful, Fermina Daza. He is instantly … [Read more...]