Name: Gabriel José García Márquez
Occupation: Novelist, journalist, publisher, political activist
Place of Residence:Bogota, Mexico City,Cuernavaca, Barcelona, Paris, Havana, Cartagena, and Barranquilla
Bio: From The Modern World,”Gabriel José García Márquez was born on March 6, 1928 in Aracataca, a town in Northern Colombia, where he was raised by his maternal grandparents in a house filled with countless aunts and the rumors of ghosts.” It was perhaps this background that led to Gabo being credited with introducing magical realism. Via Wikipedia, “García Márquez began his career as a reporter and editor for regional newspapers—El Heraldo in Barranquilla and El Universal in Cartagena. Later he moved to Bogotá and worked for the daily El Espectador, then worked as a foreign correspondent in Rome, Paris, Barcelona, Caracas, and New York City. His most commercially successful novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude (Cien años de soledad) (1967; English translation by Gregory Rabassa 1970), has sold more than ten million copies. It chronicles several generations of the Buendía family who live in a fictional South American village called Macondo. García Márquez won the Rómulo Gallegos Prize in 1972 for One Hundred Years of Solitude. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1982, with his short stories and novels cited as the basis for the award.”
Why he’s loved: He weaves a story like no one’s business, pulling readers into a world that we both recognize and only dream of and he’s been doing it for years. He’s political, which for leftys like him, is a good thing.
Why he’s hated: He’s buds with Fidel Castro and even as been accussed of helping the FARC and ELN in Colombia.
Why he’s influential: Gabo is considered one, if not the foremost Latino writer of the 20th century. He is a critical and popular success.
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