WASHINGTON – Gabriel Garcia Marquez, The Colombian novelist — who penned such classics as ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ and ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’ — died at his home in Mexico City after a brief hospital stay in March.
He leaves behind a rich literary legacy, and was widely known for creating magical realism.
the master of magical realism whose rich and allusive explorations of myth and reality in Latin America won him the Nobel prize for literature and a place among the greatest writers of the 20th century, has died. He was 87.
Known throughout Latin America by the pet name “Gabo,” the Colombian-born Mr. Garcia Marquez was a journalist, novelist, screenwriter, playwright, memoirist and student of political history and modernist literature.
He was heralded as the most prolific and widely published Spanish writer since “Don Quixote” scribe Miguel de Cervantes of the 17th century. The only Spanish-language book to sell more copies is the Bible.
Marquez, who was born in Aracataca, Colombia, in 1927, leaves behind a legacy as diverse as his works, from the fantastical repetition of the Buendia family’s repeated mistakes in “One Hundred Years of Solitude” to the haunting novella with a journalistic spin, “Chronicle of a Death Foretold.”
He was considered one of the founding fathers of the magical realism style, which fluidly combines fact and fiction, the fantastic and the mundane, for which he won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982. The author worked briefly as a journalist in his native Colombia before relocating to Mexico City.
In an age where social media and Internet celebrity reign supreme, Marquez proved that long form prose still has a place next to other mediums — and often trumps it, with some literary critics drawing parallels of Marquez’s work to that of Mark Twain or Charles Dickens.
Marquez’s timeless classic “One Hundred Years of Solitude” has been published in more than 25 languages and has sold more than 50 million copies since its first publication in 1967, making him one of the most prolific writers of the modern era.
The late scribe, colloquially called Gabo, had spent the last three decades in Mexico City, and was last seen in public March 6 to celebrate his 87th birthday.
Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos said via Twitter minutes after the family’s announcement that there was “one thousand years of loneness and sadness at the death of the grandest Colombian of all time.