Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez born March 6, 1927) is a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist, known affectionately as Gabo throughout Latin America. Considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century, he was awarded the 1972 Neustadt International Prize for Literature.
According to many Twitter users, the famous Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez died on Monday, May 14th, 2012. But according to Colombian news sources and many of Garcia Marquez's close friends, the 85-year-old author is still very much alive.
The Nobel Prize in Literature 1982 was awarded to Gabriel García Márquez "for his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent's life and conflicts".
Marquez, who is known colloquially as Gabo, was born in 1928 in Aracataca, Colombia, a small town in the north of the country. As a young man, he worked as a journalist in Colombia and as a foreign correspondent in Rome; Paris; Barcelona, Spain; Caracas, Venezuela; New York; and Mexico City. It was in Mexico City that he wrote the novel "One Hundred Years of Solitude," which earned him his lasting international reputation.
Marquez has been overtly political, visiting Cuba when it was under strict American embargo and fostering a friendship with Fidel Castro. The novel "The General in His Labyrinth" caused an uproar when it was published in Colombia, while Marquez still lived abroad. The book presented an ailing, delirious Simon Bolivar in a way that angered Colombian conservatives.
Widely regarded as the most important contemporary Latin American authors, García Márquez was born in 1928 in the northern Colombian town of Aracataca, the inspiration for the fictional town of Macondo, the setting of "100 years of solitude." After high school, he went to the capital city of Bogota to study law, but soon traded his studies for work as a journalist, according to the Nobel Academy
As a journalist, Garcia Marquez visited Russia in 1957 and later published recollections of his experience as a magazine supplement called "Ninety Days Behind the Iron Curtain,"
The case against Márquez was first brought in 1994, when Palencia claimed that the 1982 Nobel literature laureate had unlawfully used his life story as the basis for Chronicle of a Death Foretold. Palencia demanded 50% of the book's royalties as well as a co-author credit.
Gabriel García Márquez, the 83-year-old Colombian author and Nobel Prize winner, below, is at work on a new novel, Agence France-Presse reported. Cristobal Pera, his Random House Mondadori editor, spoke at a presentation in Mexico City on Thursday for Mr. Márquez’s newest release, a book of essays titled “I Didn’t Come to Give a Speech.”
In 1986 he wrote Clandestine in Chile: The Adventures of Miguel Littín, about an exile’s return to the repressive Chile of General Augusto Pinochet. The political revelations of the book led to the burning of almost 15,000 copies by the Chilean government.
In 1965, Gabriel García Márquez was an obscure writer drowning in debt, a law school dropout living hand-to-mouth as a journalist and screenwriter. His early novels had garnered solid reviews but little money. Two years later he was the author of “One Hundred Years of Solitude,’’ a novel that achieved immediate commercial and critical success in the Spanish-speaking world.
Mexico's intelligence service spied on the writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez for decades and considered him a Cuban agent, newly disclosed files have revealed.
Gerald Martin sketched the shock of first meeting Marquez's real mother and his distaste for his philandering father who sired 11 legitimate children and at least four illegitimate ones, partially beget a shy, reclusive boy.