Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Gabriel Garcia Marquez is undoubtedly Colombia’s most famous author. He’s responsible for such modern classics as One Hundred Years of Solitude (Cien años de solidad) and Love in The Time of Cholera (El amor en los tiempos del cólera). Affectionately known as Gabo throughout Colombia and Latin America, Marquez is a world-renowned novelist, short-story writer and journalist.
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Gabriel Garcia Marquez, not just a pretty face...Marquez was born in 1927 in the town of Aracataca. His first novel, Leaf Storm, was published in 1955 after several failed attempts over the previous years. Following this novel was "One Hundred Years of Solitude", which catapulted him to worldwide fame and notoriety.
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"One Hundred Years of Solitude" tells the story of several generations of the Buendía family, influenced by Marquez’s own upbringing, largely at the hands of his grandparents. The novel, 18 months in the making, went on to become the author’s most commercially and critically successful novel and paved the way for future successes such as Love in The Time of Cholera.
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Marquez’s writing is notable for his frequent usage of humor and
, although the artist himself claims to seek different styles with each work, he is famous for his influential approach to magical realism.

In 1982 Marquez won the Nobel Prize for Literature "for his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent's life and conflicts". He remains the only Colombian to have received the honour.

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