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Gabriel García Márquez

Biography

Gabriel García Márquez was born in 1928 in Aracataca in Northern Colombia. He was brought up by his grandparents. He studied law and journalism at university and started work as a journalist, working for various newspapers in Latin America and Europe. He was working for El Espectador as foreign correspondent in Paris and Rome when it was closed down by Rojas Pinilla. In the 1960s he worked in Mexico as a scriptwriter and journalist before going to work in Barcelona. He returned to Mexico before going to Cuba, where he founded a film school. He received the Nobel Prize in 1982.

His first short story was published in 1947 and in 1955, he published La Hojarasca (Leaf Storm and Other Stories) which introduced the world to the fictitious town of Macondo, where many of his subsequent works would be set. While he certainly did not create magic realism, he is probably its best known exponent. The key feature of magic realism is that the ordinary seems extraordinary. Things seem recognizable but they are not, having their own, strange reality. Time is distorted. It is particularly effective in the Latin American context as it is, in the view of many, the only response to the repression in Latin America, enabling writers to criticize the dictators of Latin America without using overt satire. Given García Márquez’ strong left-wing views, it was a particularly effective tool for him. He is now recognised as one of the world’s great writers. He died in 2014.

Books about Gabriel García Márquez

Michael Bell: Gabriel García Márquez : Solitude and Solidarity
Gene H. Bell-Villada: Gabriel Garcia Marquez: The Man and His Works
Gerald Martin: Gabriel Garcia Marquez: A Life
George R. McMurray: Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Joan Mellen: Gabriel Garcia Márquez
Stephen Minta: García Márquez, Writer of Colombia
Rubén Pelayo: Gabriel Garcia Marquez: A Biography
Raymond Williams: Gabriel García Márquez

Other links

Gabriel García Márquez
Gabriel García Marquéz (Nobel Prize)
Gabriel García Marquéz (Nobel Prize press release)
His digital archive
Biography of Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1928- )
Gabriel García Márquez and Magic Realism
The Solitude of Latin America (Nobel lecture)
Gabriel García Márquez (1928- )
Gabriel Garcia Marquez Meets Ernest Hemingway
A Talk With Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Gabriel García Márquez, literary giant, lays down his pen
Gabriel Garcia Marquez is still writing
Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Top 10 quotes

Obituaries

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Spanish

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70 años de García Márquez (in Spanish)

Obituaries

El País (Spain) (in Spanish)
El Espectador (Colombia) (in Spanish)
El Tiempo (Colombia) (in Spanish)
La Nación (Argentina) (in Spanish)
El Universal (Mexico) (in Spanish)
El Universal (Venezuela) (in Spanish)
Univisión (in Spanish)

Bibliography

1955 La Hojarasca (Leaf Storm and Other Stories)
1955 El caníbal
1955 Un día después del sábado
1957 El Colonel No Tiene Quien Le Escriba (No One Writes to the Colonel and Other Stories)
1961 La Mala Hora (In Evil Hour)
1962 Los Funerales de la Mama Grande (Big Mama’s Funeral)
1962 Rosas artificiales
1967 Cien Años de Soledad (One Hundred Years Of Solitude)
1968 La Novela en América Latina
1969 Monólogo de Isabel viendo llover en Macondo
1970 Relato de un Naufrago (The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor)
1972 La Increible y Triste Historia de la Cándida Eréndira y de Su Abuela (Innocent Erendira and Other Stories)
1974 Chile, el golpe y los gringos
1975 Cuando Era Feliz e Indocumentado
1975 El Otoño del Patriarca (The Autumn of the Patriarch)
1975 Todos los cuentos
1978 De Viaje por los Países Socialistas; Crónicas y Reportajes; Periodismo Militante
1979 La Batalla de Nicaragua
1979 García Marquéz Habla de García Marquéz
1981 Crónica de una Muerte Anunciada (Chronical of a Death Foretold)
1981 Obra periodística. Vol. 1: Textos costenos
1982 El Olor e la Guayaba (The Fragrance Of Guava)
1982 El rastro de tu sangre en la nieve: el verano feliz de la señora Forbes
1982 Viva Sandino
1982 El secuestro (The Abduction)
1983 El asalto: el operativo con el FSLN se lanzo al mundo
1985 El Amor en los Tiempos del Cólera (Love in the Time of Cholera)
1986 Aventura de Miguel Littín clandestino en Chile (Clandestine in Chile: The Adventures of Miguel Littín)
1989 El General en su Laberinto (The General in his Labyrinth)
1992 Doce Cuentos Peregrinos (Strange Pilgrims) (Seventeen Poisoned Englishmen contains selections from this collection)
1994 Del Amor y Otros Demonios (Of Love and Other Demons)
1995 Diatriba de amor contra un hombre sentado (Diatribe of Love Against a Seated Man) (drama)
1995 Olor de la guayaba (collected journalism)
1996 Noticia de un Secuestro (News of a Kidnapping)
1996 Cómo se cuenta un cuento
1999 Collected Stories
1999 Collected Novellas
2002 Vivir para contarla (Living to Tell the Tale)
2004 Memoria de mis putas tristes (Memories of My Melancholy Whores)
2010 Yo no vengo a decir un discurso
2012 Todos los cuentos