Thursday, April 17, 2014 |
Photo: Canadian Press
Critically acclaimed Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Márquez was born in Aracataca, Colombia in 1927, is best known for his epic novel One Hundred Years of Solitude. Published in 1967, the family saga has sold more than 30 million copies around the world and won the Nobel Prize in 1982 and is often credited for launching the genre of magical realism. He died on April 17, 2014.
His other celebrated works include Love in the Time of Cholera, Chronicle of a Death Foretold and 2005's Memories of My Melancholy Whores.
Márquez, known to family and friends as Gabo, had been suffering from dementia for several years, his younger brother told reporters in 2012. The writer had also struggled with his health after undergoing chemotherapy treatment for lymphatic cancer in 1999.
"Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry. With both you are working with reality, a material just as hard as wood."
"Fiction was invented the day Jonas arrived home and told his wife that he was three days late because he had been swallowed by a whale."
"I must try and break through the clichés about Latin America. Superpowers and other outsiders have fought over us for centuries in ways that have nothing to do with our problems. In reality we are all alone."
"I think that the idea that I'm writing for many more people than I ever imagined has created a certain general responsibility that is literary and political. There's even pride involved, in not wanting to fall short of what I did before."
"The heart's memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good."
In memoriam: authors we lost in 2014: