Gabriel García Márquez, the Colombian novelist whose “One Hundred Years of Solitude” established him as a giant of 20th-century literature, died on Thursday at his home in Mexico City. He was 87.
His death was confirmed by Cristóbal Pera, his former editor at Random House.
Mr. García Márquez, who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982, wrote fiction rooted in a mythical Latin American landscape of his own creation, but his appeal was universal. His books were translated into dozens of languages. He was among a select roster of canonical writers — Dickens, Tolstoy and Hemingway among them — who were embraced both by critics and by a mass audience.
“Each new work of his is received by expectant critics and readers as an event of world importance,” the Swedish Academy of Letters said in awarding him the Nobel.
I haven't been this broken up about a literary death since Vonnegut, and I've only been a fan of Marquez' work for about two years. I'm bummed as hell right now.
"If I knew that this would be the last time you pass through this door, I’d embrace you, kiss you, and call you back for one more. If I knew that this would be the last time I would hear your voice, I’d take hold of each word to be able to hear it over and over again. If I knew this is the last time I see you, I’d tell you I love you, and would not just assume foolishly you know it already."
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his books were magnificent.
So there is a silver lining in that it does introduce more people to their work, and is a kind of immortality in its own way.
I know I've definitely moved the author from "I should really check this guy out at some point" to "next on the list" . Any recommendations for an introduction to his ?
I like The General in his Labyrinth, but anything really ... he's done quite a few short stories, if you want to dip your toe in first.
makes me wish I weren't such shit at learning other languages