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Today we remember Nobel prize winning author Gabriel García Márquez who died on this day (April 17) in 2014. Márquez rose to international acclaim during the Latin American Boom, a literary movement in the 60s and 70s that introduced its readers to the enchanting world of magical realism and historical fiction. Márquez was among the leaders of this movement, and now his most notable works are household names. Among these titles are One Hundred Years of Solitude, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, and of course Love in the Time of Cholera.
First published in Spanish in 1985, the original title of Márquez’s novel is El amore n los tiempos del cólera. Now, the English translation has made fitting Instagram captions in these times of COVID-19.
This Instagram post was captioned “love in the time of corona” with the photographer’s parents kissing responsibly with face masks on in New York City!
Love in the Time of Cholera follows young lovers Fermina and Florentino who send love letters back and forth for years after Fermina’s dad sends her away. When they meet again, Fermina realizes Florentino is really just a stranger she knows nothing about. Sounds like Juliet might have lived a bit longer had she followed Fermina’s lead. Anyway, Fermina gets engaged to Dr. Juvenal Urbino, who is extraordinarily rich, rational, and dedicated to eradicating cholera. Fermina doesn’t like him too much, but health care workers are our heroes these days, so we’ll cut Urbino some slack.
Fermina and Florentino get back together in the end…we all saw that one coming. Márquez paints a picture of love that is at once beautiful and enduring, but also like an emotional and physical disease. It is a complex and realistic look at how love matures overtime. So, for those of us in close quarters with family, friends, or a significant other, take heed. You may want to strangle them now, but this too shall pass and our relationships will be stronger for it.
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