Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

To the 85. Birthday of South America`s most famous Author

With his 1967 Novel “One Hundred Years of Solitude” Gabriel Garcia Marquez established his worldwide fame as a Colombian author. The writer later promoted to the Nobel Prize Laureate with the graying mustache recently celebrated on 6 of March his 85. Birthday.

In the small town of Aracataca on the Colombian Caribbean coast coming to the world, Garcia Marquez studied law in the capital Bogota, but worked quite early after study discontinuation as a journalist and wrote next to the first literary works, film reviews, wrote columns and acted as a political correspondent. Due to its socio-critical engagement he attacked in 1955 with his comment “Report of a Shipwrecked Sailor” in the liberal newspaper El Espectator the regime of the Colombian dictator Rojas Pinilla. Towards the end of the 50s he worked as an confessing socialist for a Cuban news agency and began a man`s friendship with Fidel Castro. After stays in Paris, Hungary and the USSR, he returned to his home and became involved in 1975 in Latin America in the fight against the Chilean dictator Pinochet. In October 1982, he received on the basis of his magnificent literary works the Nobel Prize for Literature.

In his masterpiece “One Hundred Years of Solitude”,which is often addressed as the national epic of Latin America, Garcia Marquez describes the story of the rise and decline of the family Buendia and their village Macondo founded by her, which is destroyed, finally by an apocalyptic-looking storm. He also paints an unconventional picture of his country shaped by years of violence throughout his country and the whole Latin American continent.

Many of his books, like the previously cited major literary works are assigned literally to the “Magical Realism” became best-sellers, such as “The Autumn of the Patriarch” (1975) and “The Chronicle of a Death Foretold” (1981) and the work of an undying love with the title “Love in the Time of Cholera”. The fascination of this tribute to the love arises from the revelation that this can happen no matter at what age and over again.

Meanwhile, the writer lives after marrying more than 50 years his childhood sweetheart Mercedes and has two sons with her , mostly in Mexico City. He has largely retreated after surviving cancer from the public, but surprises even with spectacular new publications.


In Evil Hour (1962)
One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967)
The Autumn of the Patriarch (1975)
Love in the Time of Cholera (1985)
The General in His Labyrinth (1989)


Source: The Great Cultural Guide, Literature

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