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Gabriel García Márquez
Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist, known affectionately as Gabo or Gabito throughout Latin America. Considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century, he was awarded the 1972 Neustadt... show more
Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist, known affectionately as Gabo or Gabito throughout Latin America. Considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century, he was awarded the 1972 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature.

He pursued a self-directed education that resulted in his leaving law school for a career in journalism. From early on, he showed no inhibitions in his criticism of Colombian and foreign politics. García Márquez wrote many acclaimed non-fiction works and short stories, but is best known for his novels, such as One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), The Autumn of the Patriarch (1975) and Love in the Time of Cholera (1985). His works have achieved significant critical acclaim and widespread commercial success, most notably for popularizing a literary style labeled as magic realism, which uses magical elements and events in otherwise ordinary and realistic situations. Some of his works are set in a fictional village called Macondo (the town mainly inspired by his birthplace Aracataca), and most of them explore the theme of solitude. On his death in April 2014, Juan Manuel Santos, the President of Colombia, described him as "the greatest Colombian who ever lived".
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Birth date: 1927-03-06
Died: 2014-04-17
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Book Thoughts rated it 4 weeks ago
A lot of people I respect for their reviews enjoyed this book but I didn't really love it. It is a short novel (more of a novella) and examines the murder of a character - the story starts and ends with the murder so it isn't a mystery but more of a look at the characters involved in and around the ...
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Burfobookalicious rated it 1 month ago
Mark Twain once wrote, “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn’t.” It’s an adage exemplified in this poignant account of survival at sea. The tale was originally related to a young reporter at the Bogota daily, ‘El Espectador’ in 195...
runner
runner rated it 2 months ago
A difficult book to read. A book filled with so much imagery, overloaded with detailed descriptive prose. The setting is most probably (as it is never stated) a town in Columbia in the North Western corner of South America. The time the last few years of the 19th century and the start of the 20th. ...
Calyre
Calyre rated it 9 months ago
C'était un homme de petite taille, volumineux mais aux chairs flasques, avec une tristesse de crapaud dans les yeux.Au bureau de poste, il alla droit vers l'employé.- J'attends un pli urgent, dit-il. Par avion.L'employé chercha dans les casiers étiquetés. Quand il eut fini de déchiffrer les adresses...
The better to see you, my dear
The better to see you, my dear rated it 9 months ago
Several stray thoughts I had while choosing the tags for this one: It's not really romance-done-right. While the title is scrupulous, there is little romance to all the types of "loves" (because there is always that doubt, of what is and is not love, what is selfish use, or abuse, and whether that...
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