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Gabriel García Márquez Has Died

GabrielColumbian author Gabriel García Márquez has passed away. He was 87-years-old.

In 2012, Márquez’s brother Jaime revealed that the beloved writer was suffering from dementia. Earlier this month, he was hospitalized in Mexico City.

Throughout his career, Márquez wrote nonfiction, short stories, news articles, and novels including his best known works, One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) and Love in the Time of Cholera (1985). In 1982, he won the the Nobel Prize in Literature and accepted the award by delivering his now famous speech, “The Solitude of Latin America.” (via Latin Times)

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez is in the Hospital

3459Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez has been admitted to a hospital in Mexico City. The One Hundred Years of Solitude is reportedly suffering from lung and urinary tract infections.

The Associated Press has the story: “The 87-year-old Nobel laureate entered the hospital Monday suffering from the infection and from dehydration, Mexico’s Secretary of Health said in a written statement. ‘The patient has responded to treatment. Once he’s completed his course of antibiotics his discharge from the hospital will be evaluated,’ the statement said.”

In 2012, the Nobel Literature Prize-winner was reportedly suffering from dementia. In October 2010, Random House Mondadori editor Cristobal Pera claimed that Márquez was writing on a not-yet-finished novel. 

Book Riot’s Start Here Project on Kickstarter

How do you know where to start reading a new author? The Book Riot team hopes to raise $25,000 on Kickstarter for a new book that will help you answer that question. We’ve embedded a video about Start Here above–what do you think?

Here’s more about the project: “[Start Here] tells you how to read your way into 25 amazing authors from a wide range of genres–children’s books to classics, contemporary fiction to graphic novels. Each chapter presents an author, explains why you might want to try them, and lays out a 3-4 book reading sequence designed to help you experience fully what they have to offer. It’s a fun, accessible, informative way to enrich your reading life.”

Start Here will be available in both print and eBook formats. Book Riot has assembled a team of writers, critics, and bloggers to write the essays. The final book will definitely feature guides to the works of  Toni Morrison, David Foster Wallace, Margaret Atwood, Charles Dickens, William Faulkner, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Philip Roth.

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez Will ‘Publish No More Fiction’

Jaime García Márquez, brother of Gabriel García Márquez, said that the Nobel Prize-winning novelist is suffering from dementia.

Here’s more from The New York Times: “Jaime Abello, director of the Gabriel García Márquez New Journalism Foundation in Cartagena, said that the author had not been clinically diagnosed as having senile dementia but that his condition was open to interpretation. He said it has been understood for months that Mr. García Márquez would publish no more fiction.”

Jaime revealed that dementia runs in their family and doubted that the 85-year-old writer will be able to finish the second part of his 2002 autobiography, Living to Tell the Tale.

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez Writing New Novel

marquez.jpgRandom House Mondadori editor Cristobal Pera revealed that Nobel Literature Prize-winner Gabriel García Márquez is currently hard at work on a new novel. Some had worried he would never publish again.

Yahoo! News reports: “The editor said Garcia, who was last seen in public two weeks ago in Mexico City, was busy completing his latest novel En agosto nos vemos, whose title in English means We’ll Meet in August and which awaits a publishing date.”

Today marks the release date of Márquez’s latest non-fiction book, I Didn’t Come to Give a Speech (Yo no vengo a decir un discurso). This work compiles 22 speeches Márquez had given from age 17 to the present. The book includes his 1982 acceptance speech for the Nobel prize, The Solitude of Latin America.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez to Publish Book of Speeches

marquez.jpgSix years have passed since Gabriel García Márquez’s last publication (the novella, Memories of My Melancholy Whores), but he will soon publish Yo no vengo a decir un discurso which translates to I Didn’t Come to Give a Speech.

The phrase comes from  speech he wrote in high school in 1944. Mondadori, Italy’s largest publishing house, will release the book on October 29th.

According to the Latin America Herald Tribune, Marquez feels that this project helped him rediscover how his writing skills evolved over the course of his career. Most of these speeches are unpublished. Altogether, the Nobel literature laureate compiled 22 speeches to be in the book.

Here’s more from the article: “In his third public speech, upon receiving the Romulo Gallegos prize in 1972, the writer said that he had agreed to do two of the things he had promised ‘never to do: receive an award and give a speech.’ However, he changed his stance 10 years later, when he received the Nobel Literature Prize and had to pen the most important speech that any author could have to write. The result was ‘La soledad de America Latina’ (‘The Solitude of Latin America‘), considered to be a masterpiece, and since then giving speeches has been a part of his life.”

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Gabriel García Márquez May Not Publish Again

marquez.jpgFollowing last year’s rumors of a new novel, news has again resurfaced that Gabriel García Márquez will not add another book to his Nobel Prize-winning body of work.

“I don’t think that García Márquez will write anything else,” said Carmen Balcells, the writer’s agent, in a newspaper interview. Even the author’s biographer, Gerald Martin, thought this time was final.

Martin told the Guardian: “I also believe that Gabo won’t write any more books, but I don’t think this is too regrettable, because as a writer it was his destiny to have the immense satisfaction of having a totally coherent literary career many years before the end of his natural life.” (Via Gawker)

Homecoming for Gabriel Garcia Marquez


Reuters reports that Colombian novelist and Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez returned to his hometown of Aracataca, Columbia for the first time in more than 20 years on Wednesday. Thousands packed the town’s streets to greet the 80-year-old patron of Latin America’s magic-realism style, with cheers, shouts and applause for the man known fondly as Gabo on a visit 40 years after his most famous novel, ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE, was published.

Like a politician on the campaign trail, he signed autographs, posed for photographs and clasped hands with his admirers, who had waited outside for his arrival undeterred by the blazing sun and dripping humidity. “It wasn’t as good as I expected but it was OK,” Garcia Marquez told Reuters ironically about his homecoming after a train ride through the steamy banana-growing region. “We love him, we want to touch him. Garcia Marquez is ours,” said one man in the crowd as the writer climbed into a horse-drawn vehicle guarded by armed police and soldiers. But the visit was also tinged with sadness. The town of about 53,000 inhabitants, like many in Colombia, has a poor water distribution system and only basic services at its only hospital. “Every day it’s worse,” he said.

Celebrating Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s 80th Birthday

The author of 100 YEARS OF SOLITUDE and LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA turned 80 yesterday, and with it came a proclamation that he’s reversed his decision to stop writing, reports the LA Times’ Chris Kraul. After telling friends the disappointing news last year that he had “run out of gas” and was quitting writing, Gabriel Garcia Marquez now says he is working on his memoirs, picking up where his first bestselling volume, 2004′s LIVE TO TELL THE TALE, left off. The news arrives as an unexpected birthday present for Colombians, who are gearing up for a month-long celebration as the nation pays tribute to its most famous son. Capping off the month will be a gala event in the colonial city of Cartagena on March 26, with a guest list befitting a global personage and including famous authors, monarchs, statesmen and former President Clinton.

There are other anniversaries to celebrate: the 40th for 100 YEARS; the 25th anniversary of his 1982 Nobel Prize for literature; and the 60th of his first published work of fiction, the short story “The Third Resignation.” Colombian culture minister Elvira Cuervo de Jaramilllo said the fabulous confluence of so many important anniversaries in one year could “only happen to a personage like Garcia Marquez.” Meanwhile, the New York Times reports on one such celebration in Aracataca, Colombia, Garcia Marquez’s hometown and the inspiration for Macondo, the fictional setting of 100 YEARS OF SOLITUDE.

Marquez, Vargas Llosa Stop Feuding

One of the literary world’s most famous fights appears to have been mended. A special edition to mark the 40th anniversary of Gabriel Garcia Marquez‘s ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE is slated for publication this year, and will include a prologue by Mario Vargas Llosa, Garcia Marquez’s one-time close friend. “Both men are in agreement over this,” a spokesman for Spain’s Royal Academy, which is publishing the edition, told the Guardian yesterday, even though the two authors famously came to blows at a Mexican cinema in 1976 and haven’t spoken since.

The introduction is reported to be an excerpt from Vargas Llosa’s laudatory book on García Marquez, published when the two were friends in 1971, called HISTORY OF A DEICIDE. The Peruvian writer had apparently refused to allow the book to be republished after his falling out with García Marquez. He finally relented last year, adding it to a collection of his complete works in Spain. “There is no point in censoring a part of your life,” he said at the time. Both writers have remained silent about the reasons for their brawl, except to say it was about something personal.

García Marquez, who published a first volume of memoirs four years ago, is resisting writing a second volume, reportedly because he does not want to go into the reasons behind that fight. “I have realized that if I write the second volume, I will have to tell things that I do not want to tell about certain personal relationships that are not at all good,” he said in an interview with Spain’s La Vanguardia newspaper last year.