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On April 17, 2014, the renowned Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez died in the Mexican capital at the age of 87.

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With a love proposal that Florentino Ariza promised for fifty-one years, nine months and four days, Gabriel García Márquez, known as Gabo, wrote one of his texts in 1985: Love in the times of cholera, one of his most read.

If one had to choose between the most historically and socially important works of the Colombian writer, one can run the risk of not doing a good job, however, among the best known, in addition to the one already mentioned, they highlight One Hundred Years of Solitude, The General in his Labyrinth , The colonel has no one to write to him, Chronicle of a death foretold, News of a kidnapping and The autumn of the patriarch.

Macondo, that world reinvented by Gabo

Macondo, a territory that represents the magical realism of Latin American literature in One Hundred Years of Solitude, had its early origins before it existed in Frank Kafka’s Metamorphosis, since Gabo believed that there was another way of telling the world. García Márquez confessed that he too became a writer because of the Kafkaesque work and because of the 1949 Nobel Prize for Literature winner William Faulkner.

The Gatopardo platform in an article about the writer stressed that “the story of The House, as it was called One Hundred Years of Solitude, is actually many stories. One of them had begun around the middle of 1948, when García Márquez was still living in Cartagena as a writer and journalist for El Universal and among his stories the seed was already showing that would definitively germinate in his novel. ‘It is, in a certain way, the first novel that I began to write when I was seventeen, but now expanded,’ he confessed to the Chilean critic Luis Harss in 1965”.

Another curious fact is that the creation of One Hundred Years of Solitude is loaded with innumerable queries on dissimilar topics, including philosophy, alchemy, medicine and botany, and these revisions had the efforts of friends and collaborators.

Other works by Gabo

The general in his labyrinth is based on the emancipatory legacy of the Liberator Simón Bolívar and on part of the libertarian history of Latin America through the figure of a Our American general.

With Chronicle of a Death Foretold, the Colombian writer returned to literature after an intense decade dedicated to political activism and militant journalism, according to the notes of the Gabo Center in an article titled Ten Phrases to Remember the Chronicle of a Death Foretold.

According to said site, Gabo wanted to write this story, but his mother asked him to wait for the people involved to die in order to tell the story. Starting at the end makes the reader, even though he finds out in the first lines that they are going to kill Santiago Nasar’s character, does not move away from said reading.

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