Gabriel García Márquez died of pneumonia in Mexico City on April 17th, 2014. The Colombian author brought global attention to the Central America and Caribbean coast of Columbia that he knows from childhood, and where many of his works are set.
He was still too young to know that the heart’s memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good, and that thanks to this artifice we manage to endure the burden of the past.
Márquez’s irreverent novels dip into themes of family legacy, interracial conflict, and colonialism — solitude, however, and Márquez’s exploration of the trials of love and loneliness, is a universal quality that speaks to readers across borders and languages. Solitude pervades Márquez’s novels — not as a character, really, or even a feeling that lends itself to definition. It is a conquest wholly unique to every individual, and it is deadly.
One Hundred Years of Solitude, a masterpiece that played a key role in earning Márquez his 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature, will be adapted into a Netflix series.
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