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

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

Gabo Misquote – 22 May 03, BBC. García Márquez misquoted on Colombian drug situation.

Gabo Support of Cuba – 2 May 03, BBC. García Márquez signs letter defending Cuban government.

MemoirsNew York Times, 9 October 2002. Describes the writing of Vivir para contarla, Gabo’s first volume of memoirs.

Nobel laureate Garcia Márquez is writing memoir – CNN, 11 Dec 2000. Article on Gabo details his next project.

Love In the Time of Cholera

Directed by Mike Newell, this film adaptation of García Márquez’s novel is set to arrive in theaters in the Fall of 2007.

Love in the Time of Cholera Page – Information and production stills from the upcoming film.

Love in the Time of Cholera MySpace Page – The MySpace page for the movie.

IMDB Page – Full cast and a few additional photos.

Stone Vilage Acquires Rights to “Cholera” – July 22, 2004, The Guardian. Stone Village has acquired the film rights to film García Márquez’s novel of long-delayed love.

Repertorio Español: Crónica de una muerte anunciada

For the last few years, New York City’s premiere Spanish theater has been staging Crónica de una muerte anunciada, a play based on García Márquez’s Chronicle of a Death Foretold. Directed by Jorge Alí Triana, the director of the play Erendíra, and sometimes collaborator with Gabo himself, Crónica continues throughout 2007.

Repertorio Español
At the Gramercy Arts Theatre
138 East 27th Street
New York, NY 10016

Crónica Performances – Notes on the play and upcoming performance dates.

Repertorio Español Homepage – Contains information on the company, its productions, and purchasing tickets.

Macondo Crónica Review – Macondo reviews the December 12, 1999 performance.

New Gabo Hoax: Carta a Bush de Gabriel García Márquez

Ah, the joys of the Internet! It seems that Garbo is the "victim" of yet another fake letter, this one slightly more nasty than La marioneta! Called in Spanish "Carta a Bush de Gabriel García Márquez," or "Gabriel García Márquez’ Letter to Bush," the open letter is a post 9-11 diatribe about the United States. The letter was not written by Gabo, who repudiated it in the newspaper La Jornada, calling it a piece of bad writing ("mal escrito").
I must confess, I am rather puzzled that anyone could possibly think that Gabo could write such a letter, which goes well beyond good taste and reason to express anger at American imperialism. More distressing to me, however, is that many versions of the letter circulating the Internet have "borrowed" my introduction to this very site, Macondo, as an introduction to the letter! Eek, I say, Eeek. I have nothing to do with this letter either!

La marioneta Hoax

About a year ago, the text of a poem called "La marioneta" made its rounds of the Internet, as well as several Latin American newspapers. (You can read it on the PSA site; where it is still incorrectly attributed to Gabo.) Attributed to García Márquez and believed to be a "farewell letter" to his friends, it was uncovered to really be the work of a ventriloquist named Johnny Welch. Alas, while Gabo is indeed suffering from lymphatic cancer, this "farewell letter" is merely a hoax, similar to a recent letter widely believed to have been penned by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

You can read more about the hoax in Reforma. (Spanish)

A few years ago, Gabriel García Márquez purchased the Colombian literary magazine, Cambio. Details may be read here, on the AP report. You can also visit the Cambio Web site.

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7 June 2007