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Gabriel Garcia M árquez. "Magical realism expands the categorizes of the real so as to encompass myth, magic and other extraordinary phenomena in Nature or experience which European realism excluded." ~ Gabriel García Márquez, eds. Bernard McGuirk and Richard Cardwell, 45. Short Biography.

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gabriel garcia m rquez
Gabriel Garcia Márquez

"Magical realism expands the categorizes of the real so as to encompass myth, magic and other extraordinary phenomena in Nature or experience which European realism excluded."

~Gabriel García Márquez, eds. Bernard McGuirk and Richard Cardwell, 45

short biography
Short Biography
  • Born in Aracataca, Colombia, on March 6, 1928—oldest of 12 children
  • Studied journalism at the National University of Colombia in Bogota and at the University of Cartagena
  • Worked as a screenwriter, journalist, and a publicist.
  • In 1954 returned to Bogota, as a reporter for El Espectador
  • In 1958 married Mercedes Barcha. (claimed that she was 13 when he first proposed.)
  • First child, Rodrigo, born August 24, 1959
  • In 1973, founded a left-wing magazine, Alternativa, in Bogota and participated in the Russell Tribunal to publicize human rights abuses in Latin America.
  • Currently lives and travels both in Columbia and Mexico
dominant themes
Dominant Themes
  • Myth/legend/fantasy vs reality
  • Man/woman relationships
  • War
  • Violence
  • Injustice
  • Love
  • Poverty vs wealth
  • Family
  • Religion
major works in translation
Major Works (in translation)
  • No One Writes to the Colonel and Other Stories. Tr. J. S. Bernstein. New York: Harper, 1968.
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude. Tr. Gregory Rabassa. New York: Harper, 1970.
  • Leaf Storm and Other Stories. Tr. Gregory Rabassa. New York: Harper, 1972.
  • The Autumn of the Patriarch. Tr. Gregory Rabassa. New York: Harper, 1976.
  • Innocent Eréndira and Other Stories. Tr. Gregory Rabassa. New York: Harper, 1978.
  • In Evil Hour. Tr. Gregory Rabassa. New York: Harper, 1979.
  • Chronicle of a Death Foretold. Tr. Gregory Rabassa. New York: Harper, 1983.
  • Collected Stories. Tr. Gregory Rabassa and J. S. Bernstein. New York: Harper, 1984.
  • The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor (nonfiction). Tr. Randolph Hogan. New York: Knopf, 1986.
  • Clandestine in Chile: The Adventures of Miguel Littín (nonfiction). Tr. Asa Zatz. New York: Holt, 1987.
  • Love in the Time of Cholera. Tr. Edith Grossman. New York: Knopf, 1988.
  • The General in His Labyrinth. Tr. Edith Grossman. New York: Knopf, 1990.
  • Strange Pilgrims: Stories. Tr. Edith Grossman. New York: Knopf, 1993.
  • Of Love and Other Demons. Tr. Edith Grossman. New York: Knopf, 1995.
  • News of a Kidnapping (nonfiction). Tr. Edith Grossman. New York: Knopf, 1997.
  • 2001, Vivir para contarla, or To Live to Tell It (first volume of his autobiography
awards and recognition
Awards and Recognition
  • 1961 he won the Esso Literary Prize in Colombia for In Evil Hour
  • 1969, won the Chianchiano Prize in Italy for One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • 1971, Rómulo Gallegos Prize and the Neustadt Prize
  • 1981 awarded the French Legion d’Honneur
  • 1982 Nobel Laureate in Literature

Garcia Marquez has also condemned the use of the death penalty