“What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.”
Gabriel García Márquez’s writings have contributed to the culture of the region. It have also been introduced to the world of Latin American identity, myths and traditions.
His full name was Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez . He was born in Colombia, on March 6, 1927. He is popularly known as Gabo or Gabito (diminutive of Gabriel). Little Gabo grew up with his grandparents, who influenced the growth of him. His grandmother was a lady with powerful imagination that she recounted the tales of ghost. Gabo’s main inspiration for his way of telling fantastic stories came from the grandparents.
The author could not finish his study on law even though he moved to Bogota for the same. Eventually he discovered that his true passion was to write, and began working as reporter and columnist in different media. Marquez continued working for different local and international media. He even published more than 15 stories, until he decided to publish his first novel in 1955 , “Leaf Storm”. He became a prolific author after the publication of his first novel, with over 10 textbooks to his credit.
He published Hundred Years of Solitude in 1967, it is the most celebrated and recognized work of the author. He became the icon of the literature of the time and Boom Latinoamericano work.
The so – called boom of Latin American literature was the emergence of the narrative of the region between 1960 and 1970. One of the most representative authors of Boom was Garcia Marquez, Mario Vargas Llosa addition, Julio Cortazar and Carlos Fuentes.
On his death in April 2014, Juan Manuel Santos, the President of Colombia, described him as “the greatest Colombian who ever lived.”
Certain interesting facts about GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ
Young Gabo was multi talented as he showed talent in painting, singing and writing, and could probably have made a career in any of these. He travelled to school on a river steamer up the great Magdalena River to the capital Bogotá. He was married to Mercedes Barcha in 1958, whom he had met while she was in college.
He once sold his car for money, and wrote every day for 18 months. In 1967, the fruits of this hard work were revealed to the world under the title,’ One Hundred Years of Solitude’.
He made friends with many famous and powerful people, sometimes controversially too like, Fidel Castro. During this period he was famously punched in the face by Mario Vargas Llosa at a theater in Mexico, Which laid the beginning of one of the most famous feuds in literary history.
In 1982, Garcia Marquez was presented with the Nobel Prize for Literature, to great celebration in Colombia. The response of his mother was funny, his mother was quoted as saying, “Maybe now I’ll get my telephone fixed.”
He published ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’ in 1985. This was seen as a non-traditional love story, as the protagonists are both in their 80s when the story takes place.
Most of his novels have been filmed but he has always refused to let ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ be turned into a movie.
In 1999, Gabo was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer. This illness prompted Gabo to begin writing his memoirs. He published ‘Living to Tell the Tale’, the first volume in a planned trilogy of memoirs in 2002. ‘Memories of my Melancholy Whores’ published in 2004 were banned in Iran.
He smoked 60 cigarettes a day until he was almost 50. Gabo is extremely superstitious, and never wears gold. Gabo has founded major institutes of film (in Havana) and journalism (in Cartagena, Colombia).