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Gabriel García Márquez

Gabriel García Márquez in 2002
Gabriel García Márquez in 2002

Born

Gabriel José García Márquez6 March 1927 Aracataca, Colombia

Died

17 April 2014 Mexico City, Mexico

Nationality

Colombian

Alma mater

Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Genre

Novels, short stories

Literary movement

Latin American Boom, magic realism

Notable works

One Hundred Years of Solitude,The Autumn of the Patriarch,Love in the Time of Cholera,Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Notable awards

Neustadt International Prize for Literature1972Nobel Prize in Literature1982

Spouse

Mercedes Barcha Pardo

Children

Rodrigo, Gonzalo

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Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist, known affectionately as Gabo [ˈɡaβo] or Gabito [ɡaˈβito] throughout Latin America. Considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century and one of the best in the Spanish language, 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. In 1958, he married Mercedes Barcha; they had two sons, Rodrigo and Gonzalo.

García Márquez started as a journalist, and wrote many acclaimed non-fiction works and short stories, but is best known for his novels, such as One Hundred Years of Solitude , The Autumn of the Patriarch , and Love in the Time of Cholera . His works have achieved significant critical acclaim and widespread commercial success, most notably for popularizing a literary style known as magic realism, which uses magical elements and events in otherwise ordinary and realistic situations. Some of his works are set in the fictional village of Macondo , and most of them explore the theme of solitude.

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I must try and break through the cliches 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. - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

I must try and break through the cliches 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.

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alone
It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams. - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.

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dreams
She discovered with great delight that one does not love one's children just because they are one's children but because of the friendship formed while raising them. - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

She discovered with great delight that one does not love one's children just because they are one's children but because of the friendship formed while raising them.

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great friendship
I don't believe in God, but I'm afraid of Him. - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

I don't believe in God, but I'm afraid of Him.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

god
Always remember that the most important thing in a good marriage is not happiness, but stability. - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Always remember that the most important thing in a good marriage is not happiness, but stability.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

marriage happiness
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. - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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.

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home
It always amuses me that the biggest praise for my work comes for the imagination, while the truth is that there's not a single line in all my work that does not have a basis in reality. The problem is that Caribbean reality resembles the wildest imagination. - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

It always amuses me that the biggest praise for my work comes for the imagination, while the truth is that there's not a single line in all my work that does not have a basis in reality. The problem is that Caribbean reality resembles the wildest imagination.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

imagination
Faulkner is a writer who has had much to do with my soul, but Hemingway is the one who had the most to do with my craft - not simply for his books, but for his astounding knowledge of the aspect of craftsmanship in the science of writing. - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Faulkner is a writer who has had much to do with my soul, but Hemingway is the one who had the most to do with my craft - not simply for his books, but for his astounding knowledge of the aspect of craftsmanship in the science of writing.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

science knowledge
The problem with marriage is that it ends every night after making love, and it must be rebuilt every morning before breakfast. - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The problem with marriage is that it ends every night after making love, and it must be rebuilt every morning before breakfast.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

morning marriage
No, not rich. I am a poor man with money, which is not the same thing. - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

No, not rich. I am a poor man with money, which is not the same thing.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

money
A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father. - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

fathers day