Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s death – my personal feelings

Garcia Marquez death – the world’s literature looses, in my opinion, he was the master of the “magical realism”.

In April 16th, the death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, also kindly known by “Gabo”, is announced.

What this sad news bring to us, avid readers, specially for his fans from the Latin American fiction?

According to Faris & Zamora (Faris, Wendy B. and Lois Parkinson Zamora, Introduction to Magical Realism: Theory, History, Community, pp. 5), the magical realism “is a genre where magic elements are a natural part in an otherwise mundane, realistic environment.”

In this genre, may Latin American writers gave their personal contribution to this literary genre, such as: the Colombian Gabriel Garcia Marquez with “One Hundred Years of Solitude”; the Argentinean Jorge Luis Borges with “ A Universal History of Infamy”; the Chilean Isabel Allende with “The House of the Spirits”; the Mexicans Laura Esquivel with “Like Water for Chocolate” and Carlos Fuentes with “The Death of Artemio Cruz”; the Cuban Alejo Carpentier with “Explosion in a Cathedral”; the Brazilian Mario de Andrade with “Macunaima”; and many others.

An important common point among these LA writers is their political engagement in their own countries and with some other LA countries as well. In some way, this tendency was reflected in their work, there is no doubt about it.

Together with Garcia Marquez, some other writers also gave a significant contribution to the grow of the LA literature, such as the Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda and the Brazilian writer Jorge Amado. Both of them were close friends to Gabo. The Peruvian and also laureated with the Nobel Prize for Literature, Mario Vargas Llosa, was also his friend but a lamentable incident with a physical fight in 1976 broke away this friendship. This incident was never clarified and according with the recent statement made by Vargas Llosa to the Brazilian press, he said: “I leave that for the biographers”.

I have read “A Hundred Years of Solitude” when I was a teenager and this masterpiece was my starting point for my interest on the Latin American literature.

Rest in Peace dear “Gabo”, we will miss you!! However, your work, will remain in our lives for many years.

Some interesting links:

The New Yorker

The Guardian

The New York Times

The Washington Post

BBC News

Le Nouvel Observateur

Le Figaro

Le Monde

Read 10 Short Stories by Gabriel García Márquez Free Online (Plus More Essays & Interviews) @ Open Culture

The Independent (UK)


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