Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Writer, journalist. Born on March 6, 1928, in Aracataca, Colombia. Considered one of the leading Latino writers, García Márquez grew listening to numerous family tales, such as his grandfather's war stories and his parents' dating adventures. He published his first story while in college and then became a journalist.
García Márquez drew international acclaim for the novel Cien años de soledad (1967), which was later translated as One Hundred Years of Solitude. With this book, he is credited with helping to introduce the world to magical realism, a literary genre that combines facts and fantasy. Another one of his novels, El amor en los tiempos del cólera (1985), also drew a worldwide audience. The work, partially based on his parents' courtship, is also known by its English title, Love in the Time of Cholera.
In recent years, García Márquez has explored his own life in his work. His memoir Vivir para contaria (2002), published the next year as Living to Tell the Tale, received warm reviews and accolades from critics and fans. Throughout his career, García Márquez has won numerous awards and honors for his work, including the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature.
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