Gabriel García Márquez, a living universe

18/04/2020

Although six years have passed since the death of Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014), the Colombian writer remains one of the most important figures in the world of contemporary literature. His own style, full of fantasy and surrealism, flooded stories and novels; however, he also knew how to talk about reality through journalism.

He was born in Aracataca, Colombia, on March 6, 1927. It was here that he spent his early years, which later had an impact on his stories. However, he was later sent to study near Bogotá. When he chose a university career, he decided to study law, a vocation that he abandoned to dedicate himself to journalism.

He participated in several national newspapers such as El Heraldo and El Espectador, in this medium he wrote one of his first stories, but it was in 1955 that the world knew the true pen of the writer when he published La hojarasca; later came El coronel no tiene quien le escriba (1961) and before writing his famous Cien años de soledad (1967), he also wrote La mala hora (1962). In addition to these texts, he wrote other great stories such as Crónica de una muerte anunciada (1981) and El amor en los tiempos del Cólera (1985).

However, journalism and literature were not enough for him, as he also entered the film industry by writing -in collaboration with Carlos Fuentes- the script of El gallo de oro (1964), followed by some films like Tiempo de morir (1966) and El año de la peste (1979), for which he got the Ariel for best script.

His talent for writing, whether for a story or a novel, earned him the admiration of great figures from the literary world such as Ryszard Kapuscinski, who said that García Márquez's great merit was to "demonstrate that great reporting is also great literature. The recognition of his colleagues was joined by that of cultural institutions, such as the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, which in 1982 awarded him the Nobel Prize for Literature.

On April 17, 2014, he died in Mexico City at the age of 87. During his time in this world, he left society characters such as "Colonel Aureliano Buendía", "Fermina Daza", "Santiago Nasar" and "Remedios, la bella", who will continue to tell their stories.

By Notimex