Believed by many to be one of the world’s greatest writers, Gabriel García Márquez is a Colombian-born author and journalist, winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature and a pioneer of the Latin American “Boom.” Affectionately known as “Gabo” to millions of readers, he first won international fame with his masterpiece, One Hundred Years of Solitude, a defining classic of twentieth century literature.

Whether writing short stories, epic novels, or nonfiction, Gabo is above all a brilliant storyteller, and his writing is a tribute to both the power of the imagination and the mysteries of the human heart. In Gabo’s world, where flowers rain from the sky and dictators sell the very ocean, reality is subject to emotional truths as well as physical boundaries. It is a world of great beauty and great cruelty; a world where love brings both redemption and enslavement; and a world where the lines between objective reality and dreams are hopelessly blurred. It is a world very much like our own.

On Translation and García Márquez – A speech delivered by Edith Grossman at the 2003 PEN Tribute to García Márquez.

Serenade – García Márquez tells the story of his parents’ courtship and marriage in the New Yorker.

The Power of García Márquez – A New Yorker article from September 1999.

Shipwrecked – García Márquez’ New York Times op-ed piece on Elián González.

García Márquez Returns Home – May 31, 2007, CNN. García Márquez returns to his birthplace of Aracataca after 20 years.

Love in the Time of Cholera Film – Information and production stills from the upcoming movie adaptation.

New Modern Word forum! – Come discuss Gabo and our other featured writers at our new forum, The Fictional Woods.

In the Shadow of the Patriarch – Nov. 2, 2003, New York Times Magazine. Francisco Goldman on García Márquez.


Memories of My Melancholy Whores
Gabo’s novella in English translation.
Florencia en el Amazonas
A new recording of Daniel Catán’s opera, inspired by Love in the Time of Cholera.
Living to Tell the Tale
The English translation of Gabo’s memoirs.

The uncertain old man whose real existence was the simplest of his enigmas
(Biography)
Who is Gabriel García Márquez? A biography and timeline, giving the dates of his major works and some of the events that helped shape his writing.

Space was changed and time corrected by the designs of his absolute will
(Works/Bibliography)
A complete bibliography, with a short synopsis and review of his major works. Includes novels, short stories, and works only available in Spanish.

“Books are worthless,” Abrenuncio said with good humor
(Reviews)
Reviews of works by and about García Márquez.

The guardian angels of poetry took advantage of the opportunity to clarify matters
(Criticism)
A comprehensive overview of books about García Márquez and his works.

In spite of this, to oppression, plundering and abandonment, we respond with life.
(Nobel Prize Lecture)
A copy of García Márquez’s Nobel Prize lecture, “The Solitude of Latin America,” delivered on December 8, 1982.

The way my grandmother used to tell stories
(Magical Realism)
For better or worse, García Márquez is inextricably linked to a style of literature called “magical realism.” This page details magical realism and the controversies surrounding the term.

How does one know, then, which is the final version?
(Audio: Books on Tape)
A few of Gabo’s works have been recorded as audiobooks, and this section will endeavor to catalog them.

“This is the great invention of our time.”
(Film & TV)
García Márquez has worked closely with cinema all his life. Here you will find a growing directory of films based on his work.

The topic of music was almost a magic formula that he used to propose friendship
(Music)
Music and opera inspired by the works of García Márquez.

Strange maps and fabulous drawings
(Images)
An online gallery of García Márquez images, photographs, paintings, and book covers.

Fate was written in Melquíades parchments
(Papers)
Papers and essays written about García Márquez and his works.

“Don’t worry,” the colonel consoled her. “The mail comes tomorrow.”
(Internet Mailing Lists & Clubs)
Instructions on how to join Macondo Post, the García Márquez mailing list.

“The world must be all fucked up,” he said then,“when men travel first class and literature goes as freight.”
(Bookstore)
A very comprehensive catalog of García Márquez’s works and García Márquez-related titles, directly available for ordering online through Amazon.com Books.

A house asleep that was larger inside than out
(Offsite Links)
Links to other sites around the net pertaining to García Márquez.

“Damn it,” he sighed. “How will I ever get out of this labyrinth!”
(FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions)
Do you have a question about García Márquez, this Web site, or the fellow who runs it? Try the Macondo FAQ file first.

His fervour for the written word was an interweaving of solemn respect and gossipy irreverence
(Contact)
Send email to the Great Quail – comments, suggestions, corrections, criticisms, submissions . . . all are welcome.


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