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Gabriel García Márquez

Fond memories of Gabo

Fond memories of Gabo

Gabriel Garcia Marquez was a man who reached out worldwide with his writings, and Bangladesh is no different. 'Gabo', as he was affectionately called by his readers, had a strong, if not big, fan following here. At the demise of the great littérateur, Omni Books organised a memorial discussion, titled “A Celebration of...

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MAGIC AND REALITY

MAGIC AND REALITY

In his novels and stories, he used his fecund imagination and exuberant sleight of hand to conjure the miraculous:  storms raging for years, flowers drifting from the sky, tyrants surviving for centuries, a swamp of lilies oozing blood, a cluster of grapes containing the secret of death, corpses failing to decompose—and   more plausibly, lovers rekindling their passion after half a century apart. The Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez drew on the folk tales and ghost stories he had heard as a child on Colombia's poor, sun-baked Caribbean coast.   In a career spanning more than 60 years, he wrote some of the Spanish language's most revered books that illuminated Latin...

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Saying goodbye to Gabo

Saying goodbye to Gabo

JOSÉ Arcadio Buendía explains the mechanism of love in One Hundred Years of Solitude. Asked what love feels like, he replies that it feels like an earthquake. Gabriel García Márquez, who chiseled that allegorical response, died in Mexico City on April 17, and next morning a powerful earthquake shook that place. It was...

Mexico honors Márquez

Mexico honors Márquez

Every March, often with a yellow flower pinned to his lapel, Gabriel García Márquez stood on the stoop of his home here to greet well-wishers on his birthday. He wrote his foremost work, “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” here in the mid-1960s after a flash of inspiration during a drive to the Pacific resort...

Marquez hailed as literary giant

Marquez hailed as literary giant

His death mourned around the globe, Gabriel Garcia Marquez is being hailed as a giant of modern literature, a writer of intoxicating novels and short stories that illuminated Latin America's passions, superstition, violence and social inequality. Widely considered the most popular Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century, the Colombian-born Nobel...

Literary pioneer Márquez dies

Literary pioneer Márquez dies

Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez, whose “One Hundred Years of Solitude” established him as a giant of 20th-century literature, died yesterday at his home in Mexico City. He was 87. His death was confirmed by Cristobal Pera, his former editor at Random House. 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. Márquez was considered the supreme exponent, if...

5 of Marquez's best books

5 of Marquez's best books

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian author whose stories of love and longing brought Latin America to life for millions of readers and put magical realism on the literary map, died on Thursday. He was 87. In 1972, Marquez was awarded the Neustadt International Prize for Literature and in 1982 the Nobel Prize in Literature....

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