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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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Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it 2 weeks ago
(Original Review, 1981-02-27)I love One Hundred Years of Solitude, in my top three books. When I first read it, it was quite confusing, with all the names the same - and so sad and funny. Not to skip ahead, but I still remember that none of it really made sense until I read the very last page - and ...
Mirkat Always Reading
Mirkat Always Reading rated it 4 months ago
I finally finished this! I took forever for multiple reasons. First--I started and restarted probably four or five times, because I was quickly finding myself lost as to what was happening. After a while, I just went with it--though also checked out the text version to go back and forth. I also ...
Veronica will tell you what goodre@ds will not
WARNINGS WARNINGS I don't recommend this book if you feel uncomfortable with books that depict graphically* Pedophilia/rape [ A 9 year old girl forced to marry and later bear a child to a grown man (hide spoiler)]* Incest/child abuse [ The Buendia family members are constantly falling in love with c...
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books rated it 1 year ago
Tasks for Pancha Ganapati: Post about your 5 favourite books this year and why you appreciated them so much. Tasks for Festivus: [...] --OR-- Perform the Airing of Grievances: name 5 books you’ve read this year that have disappointed you - tell us in tongue-lashing detail why and how they failed t...
JB's Reading Life
JB's Reading Life rated it 1 year ago
Marquez can tell a good tale, but I was not in sympathy with most of the characters in this novel which was populated by grotesques of every description. Bizzare in terms of characters, setting and story. He conjours up the the various scenes so they live in the mind but not a book I would recommend...
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