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Gabriel García Márquez Dies at 87Influential Latin American Writer


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#1 pherank

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Posted 17 April 2014 - 01:42 PM

One of the greats, imo - may he rest in peace:

 

http://www.nytimes.c...dies-at-87.html

 

 



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Posted 18 April 2014 - 07:01 AM

"Influential" doesn't really begin to do justice to the Marquez Effect. The only novelist since Hemingway with such a combination of popular and artistic impact, and I think he may well be the last of his kind. RIP.
 

Former US president Bill Clinton, García Márquez's personal friend, was quoted extolling his "great heart and brilliant mind". He added: "I was always amazed by his unique gifts of imagination, clarity of thought and emotional honesty."

 

Tributes were also paid by literary figures and by pop stars and actors – from across Latin America and the world.

 



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Posted 18 April 2014 - 01:58 PM

One Hundred Years of Solitude is now no. 1 on Amazon. 



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Posted 18 April 2014 - 02:29 PM

For anyone wandering by, who has never read any of Márquez, here's the famous first sentence, and first paragraph of One Hundred Years of Solitude. The 1st sentence exhibits various time periods: an indeterminate present, the future, and distant past, and serves to establish one of the book's major themes...

 

Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice. At that time Macondo was a village of twenty adobe houses, built on the bank of a river of clear water that ran along a bed of polished stones, which were white and enormous, like prehistoric eggs. The world was so recent that many things lacked names, and in order to indicate them it was necessary to point. Every year during the month of March a family of ragged gypsies would set up their tents near the village, and with a great uproar of pipes and kettledrums they would display new inventions. First they brought the magnet. A heavy gypsy with an untamed beard and sparrow hands, who introduced himself as Melquíades, put on a bold public demonstration of what he himself called the eighth wonder of the learned alchemists of Macedonia. He went from house to house dragging two metal ingots and everybody was amazed to see pots, pans, tongs, and braziers tumble down from their places and beams creak from the desperation of nails and screws trying to emerge, and even objects that had been lost for a long time appeared from where they had been searched for most and went dragging along in turbulent confusion behind Melquíades' magical irons. "Things have a life of their own," the gypsy proclaimed with a harsh accent. "It's simply a matter of waking up their souls." José Arcadio Buendía, whose unbridled imagination always went beyond the genius of nature and even beyond miracles and magic, thought that it would be possible to make use of that useless invention to extract gold from the bowels of the earth. Melquíades, who was an honest man, warned him: "It won't work for that." But José Arcadio Buendía at that time did not believe in the honesty of gypsies, so he traded his mule and a pair of goats for the two magnetized ingots. Úrsula Iguarán, his wife, who relied on those animals to increase their poor domestic holdings, was unable to dissuade him. "Very soon we'll have gold enough and more to pave the floors of the house," her husband replied. For several months he worked hard to demonstrate the truth of his idea. He explored every inch of the region, even the riverbed, dragging the two iron ingots along and reciting Melquíades' incantation aloud. The only thing he succeeded in doing was to unearth a suit of fifteenth-century armor which had all of its pieces soldered together with rust and inside of which there was the hollow resonance of an enormous stone-filled gourd. When José Arcadio Buendía and the four men of his expedition managed to take the armor apart, they found inside a calcified skeleton with a copper locket containing a woman's hair around its neck.


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Posted 19 April 2014 - 06:58 AM

One Hundred Years of Solitude is now no. 1 on Amazon. 

 

Death is often good for a writer's sales figures. His press has been huge, which helps. Thanks for the quote, pherank.



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Posted 19 April 2014 - 12:56 PM

I remember very well Garcia Marquez' regular visits to Cuba and close ties with Castro and the government.   May he RIP...



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Posted 19 April 2014 - 04:15 PM

Yes, they were good friends, and García Márquez was the creator of Havana's Film and Television School. He also interceded on occasion for dissidents. For thirty years he was denied a visa to the United States, partially because of his left-wing cooties but mainly because of the Castro connection, until President Clinton extended an invitation to him in 1995.

 

I cannot say I'm the biggest fan of magic realism as a genre, but One Hundred Years.... is a marvelous book.



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Posted 19 April 2014 - 05:34 PM

I just read an article called "Big writer, little man" by Alejandro Armengol,. Very revealing on the Marquez/Castro subject..

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Posted 19 April 2014 - 06:48 PM

I cannot say I'm the biggest fan of magic realism as a genre, but One Hundred Years.... is a marvelous book.

 

The first sentence hooks you, doesn't it? MR is not my favorite genre either, but I've read that one twice, plus Love in the Time of Cholera,  and I'm happy to have recently read Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities, which I think must qualify.



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Posted 20 April 2014 - 02:07 AM

He was a big man in every sense, cubanmiamiboy. That said, I can certainly understand why Reinaldo Arenas felt and said what he did on the subject. 

 

The Autumn of the Patriarch is fascinating. I'm embarrassed to admit I've read no Calvino, only Gore Vidal's fine essay on his work.



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Posted 20 April 2014 - 07:00 AM

I am sure the views on how big or not Garcia Marquez was can be diferent. That said, I doubt that for some millions of Cubans who didn't care too much for the writer persona and just had the reference of him as the big fan, friend and supporter of their country's dictator, he won't be in the same values spot as some others.

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Posted 20 April 2014 - 12:06 PM

 Have you read any of his books, BTW?



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Posted 20 April 2014 - 02:46 PM

Yes, since my hi school days.  I read "Cronica de una muerte anunciada", "Cien anos de soledad" y "El amor en los tiempos del colera". In the University we used to say "Macondo" when referring to the country instead of Cuba due to the surreal environment.  I started disliking him and stopped reading his stuff once I started seeing him on TV with Castro.



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Posted 20 April 2014 - 05:26 PM

I thought you must have done, but I was curious, since you didn't mention any of his writings. I envy you the ability to read him in the original. So much must be lost in translation.



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Posted 20 April 2014 - 06:40 PM

I suppose, given the very baroque terminology sometimes employed by him.  A similar thing happens to the books of Isabel Allende.




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