From The Guardian:
The Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez, who unleashed the worldwide boom in Spanish literature with his novel One Hundred Years of Solitude, has died at the age of 87. He had been admitted tohospital in Mexico City on 3 April with pneumonia.
Matching commercial success with critical acclaim, García Márquez became a standard-bearer for Latin American letters, establishing a route for negotiations between guerillas and the Colombian government, building a friendship with Fidel Castro, and maintaining a feud with fellow literature laureate Mario Vargas Llosa that lasted more than 30 years.
Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos said via Twitter: “A thousand years of solitude and sadness at the death of the greatest Colombian of all time.
“Solidarity and condolences to his wife and family … Such giants never die.” Read More.
In 1982, he won the Nobel Prize in literature.
‘‘A rare phenomenon,’’ biographer Gerald Martin wrote in Gabriel Garcia Marquez: A Life (2008).
‘‘He is a serious but popular writer – like Dickens, Hugo or Hemingway – who sells millions of books and whose celebrity approaches that of sportsmen, musicians or film stars.’’
Among Garcia Marquez’s other major works of fiction are The Autumn of the Patriarch (1975), The General in His Labyrinth (1989) and Love in the Time of Cholera (1985).
The last was made into a film released in 2007, directed by Mike Newell and starring Benjamin Bratt and Javier Bardem. Read more.
From The Australian:
Known to millions simply as “Gabo,” Garcia Marquez was widely seen as the Spanish language’s most popular writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century. His extraordinary literary celebrity spawned comparisons with Mark Twain and Charles Dickens.
His flamboyant and melancholy works — among them “Chronicle of a Death Foretold,” ”Love in the Time of Cholera” and “Autumn of the Patriarch” — outsold everything published in Spanish except the Bible. The epic 1967 novel “One Hundred Years of Solitude” sold more than 50 million copies in more than 25 languages.
With writers including Norman Mailer and Tom Wolfe, Garcia Marquez was also an early practitioner of the literary nonfiction that would become known as New Journalism. He became an elder statesman of Latin American journalism, with magisterial works of narrative nonfiction that included the “Story of A Shipwrecked Sailor,” the tale of a seaman lost on a life raft for 10 days. He was also a scion of the region’s left. Read More.
The Huffington Post put together a wonderful collection of Garcia Marquez quotes for his birthday in March:
“Wisdom comes to us when it can no longer do any good.” — From Love In The Time Of Cholera. Read More
From The Associated Press:
Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez was among Latin America’s most popular writers and widely considered the father of a literary style known as magic realism.
A partial list of his works:
“No One Writes to the Colonel and Other Stories,” 1961
“One Hundred Years of Solitude,” 1967
“The Autumn of the Patriarch,” 1975
“Chronicle of a Death Foretold,” 1981
“Love in the Time of Cholera,” 1985
“The General in his Labyrinth,” 1989
“Strange Pilgrims,” 1992
“Of Love and Other Demons,” 1994
“Memories of My Melancholy Whores,” 2004
“The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor,” 1970
“News of a Kidnapping,” 1996
“Living to Tell the Tale,” 2002
This year Penguin Australia has released the works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez in new editions – See Them All Here
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