Gabriel Garcia Marquez is the Nobel Prize-winning author of classics like ‘A Hundred Years of Solitude’ and ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’. He is affectionately known as Gabo throughout Latin America.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez was born in 1928 in Aracataca, a town in Northern Colombia. Since, his parents were poor and struggling, he was raised by his maternal grandparents, a common practice those days in Columbia.
As a child, his grandmother often told him fantastic stories in a deadpan voice, which would influence his own storytelling style later on.
Marquez went to college to study law, but then dropped out to pursue journalism. He began writing as a journalist while pursuing his education in law.
His first novella, Leaf Storm, took seven years to get published. He continued to read and write, influenced by authors like Kafka and Faulkner, though he felt that something was missing in his work.
Answer to His Writing Dilemma
It was while driving his family to Acapulco that the answer to his writing dilemma came to him: he would write in the same deadpan style his grandmother used to tell him tales of fantastic happenings and superstitions.
He began writing A Hundred Years of Solitude, smoking up to six packs of cigarettes a day and pawning off the family car and household appliances to support his family.
By the time Marquez had finished the novel, he was ten thousand dollars in debt, in very precarious mental and physical condition. However, it was with this novel that Marquez found success.
A Hundred Years of Solitude sold half a million copies in just three years. It was translated into several languages and came to the world’s knowledge when Marquez was 39.
Success and Awards
Marquez went on to write other critically acclaimed novels and achieved both critical acclaim and commercial success. His style of writing came to be known as magical realism, which incorporates magical elements and events in ordinary settings.
Marquez won several prestigious awards, including the prestigious Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.
Unfortunately, in 1999 Marquez was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer, but after treatment his illness went into remission. He then wrote a three-volume autobiography, after which he did not publish any other work.
It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams. – Gabriel Garcia Marquez Quotes