Known as ‘Gabo’ by his affectionate and loyal fans, Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s death on April 17th, 2014, is being mourned around the world. Marquez is considered one of the world’s greatest writers and the Columbian writer’s well-known works include novels, short stories, screenplays and articles.
The Nobel Prize winner first gained popularity and respect after publishing his first novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude. In the novel, Marquez touches upon his time growing up in Colombia with his grandparents. Although much of the novel is written based on his own experiences, many critics believe Marquez spoke for rural towns throughout Latin America. One Hundred Years of Solitude led to his winning the Nobel Prize in 1972 and made Marquez a highly respected literary figure in society. We have a rare first edition written in Spanish of the author’s masterpiece, inscribed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Love in the Time of Cholera is another of Marquez’s most famous novels. Published in 1985, this love story explores the idea of love as a sort of disease and was met with a positive reaction from both readers and critics, being translated into English in 1988 and made into a film in 2007. One of the most quoted of Marquez’s novels, many readers feel as though they can relate the heartache and ‘disease’ he represents through his characters.
An excerpt from the book: “She would defend herself, saying that love, no matter what else it might be, was a natural talent. She would say: You are either born knowing how, or you never know.” An amazing novel, we have a First American Edition of Love in the Time of Cholera that is inscribed and dated by Gabriel Garzia Marquez on the dedication page.
Other famous works of his include Of Love and Other Demons, Autumn of the Patriarch, News of a Kidnapping, Living to Tell the Tale and Memories of My Melancholy Whores.
Marquez was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer in 1999 and was also suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. After a recent stay in the hospital shortly before his passing, it is said that Marquez sent this message to the journalists outside of his home: “Are you crazy? Why are you spending so much time here? Go back to work.” It seems as though even in his poor health and older age, Marquez was still carrying the strength and sense of humor the world has grown to love and admire. Many believe Marquez to be the voice of Latin America, illuminating both passion and love in his works, but also the great inequality and violence felt within the culture. He will be greatly missed by all.
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