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Farewell Gabriel Garcia Marquez - your legacy lives on

The world has lost one of its greatest writers of modern times, a novelist par excellence, a universal author and a Nobel laureate. Gabriel Garcia Marquez died on April 17 at age 87 at his home in Mexico City and his loss is being mourned globally.

His epic 1967 novel "One Hundred Years of Solitude" sold more than 50 million copies in more than 25 languages. William Kennedy (noted American writer and journalist) has called it "the first piece of literature since the Book of Genesis that should be required reading for the entire human race." Ever since his death there has been an outpouring of grief on Twitter from all corners of the world. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said on Twitter "A thousand years of solitude and sadness because of the death of the greatest Colombian of all time!" U.S. President Barack Obama said "The world has lost one of its greatest visionary writers and one of my favorites from the time I was young."

If you have never read his books it's not too late. The library has a wonderful collection of his fiction and non-fiction works. The beautiful thing about a writer is that he leaves his legacy behind, his writings are always there for the future generations to read, enjoy and learn. His fiction works are on the first floor of the main library in the call number F Garcia Marquez

Through his books enter into the Latin world, the life in Colombia, the violence, the love, the exotic landscape, the magical realism, the quotes which show his understanding of life and provide universal wisdom! The New York review of Books once said of Marquez that he, "forces upon us at every page the wonder and extravagance of life."

Some of his quotes include

"Fiction was invented the day Jonah arrived home and told his wife that he was three days late because he had been swallowed by a whale."

"It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams."

'Nobody deserves your tears, but whoever deserves them will not make you cry.'


One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Amazon Says: One of the most influential literary works of our time, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a dazzling and original achievement by the masterful Gabriel García Márquez, winner more...
Amazon Says: One of the most influential literary works of our time, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a dazzling and original achievement by the masterful Gabriel García Márquez, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad, and alive with unforgettable men and women -- brimming with truth, compassion, and a lyrical magic that strikes the soul -- this novel is a masterpiece in the art of fiction. less...
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Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Amazon Says: In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, bu more...
Amazon Says: In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career he whiles away the years in 622 affairs--yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he will do so again. less...
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Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Amazon Says: Memories of My Melancholy Whores is Gabriel García Márquez’s first work of fiction in ten years, written at the height of his powers, the Spanish edition of which Ilan Sta more...
Amazon Says: Memories of My Melancholy Whores is Gabriel García Márquez’s first work of fiction in ten years, written at the height of his powers, the Spanish edition of which Ilan Stavans called, “Masterful. Erotic. As hypnotizing as it is disturbing” (Los Angeles Times). On the eve of his ninetieth birthday, our unnamed protagonist–an undistinguished journalist and lifelong bachelor–decides to give himself “the gift of a night of wild love with an adolescent virgin.” The virgin, whom an old madam procures for him, is splendidly young, with the silent power of a sleeping beauty. The night of love blossoms into a transforming year. It is a year in which he relives, in a rush of memories, his lifetime of (paid-for) sexual adventures and experiences a revelation that brings him to the edge of dying–not of old age, but, at long last, of uncorrupted love. Memories of My Melancholy Whores is a brilliant gem by the master storyteller. less...
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Amazon Says: Gabriel García Márquez (b. 1927) is a sophisticated literary artist with broad popularity. His masterpiece, One Hundred Years of Solitude, has sold tens of millions of copie more...
Amazon Says: Gabriel García Márquez (b. 1927) is a sophisticated literary artist with broad popularity. His masterpiece, One Hundred Years of Solitude, has sold tens of millions of copies worldwide. In 1982, he received the Nobel Prize for Literature. Conversations with Gabriel García Márquez starts with the years of his early phenomenal success and continues through his most recent, turn-of-the-century exchanges. He speaks of his impoverished childhood, his life as an indifferent student, his apprenticeship as a journalist, the inspiration that led to the writing of his most renowned novel, the difficulties brought by fame, and his leftist opinions. Works such as The Autumn of the Patriarch, Love in the Time of Cholera, The General in His Labyrinth, and News of a Kidnapping are discussed in detail. When interviewed by Hispanic journalists, García Márquez chats spontaneously and frankly about all sorts of topics, including himself. Those conversations, translated into English for the first time, offer a fascinating glimpse of the Colombian genius at his most down-to-earth, informal, and relaxed. Taken together with seminal pieces from the Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times Book Review, and other English-language periodicals, Conversations with Gabriel García Márquez offers a nuanced, multi-faceted view of one of contemporary literature's greatest masters. Gene H. Bell-Villada of Williamstown, Massachusetts, is chair of the Department of Romance Languages at Williams College and the author of National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Art for Art's Sake & Literary Life: How Politics & Markets Helped Shape the Ideology and Culture of Aestheticism, 1790-1990, and Overseas American: Growing Up Gringo in the Tropics (University Press of Mississippi). less...
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Living to Tell the Tale by Gabriel García Márquez
Amazon Says: In this long-awaited first volume of a planned trilogy, the most acclaimed and revered living Nobel laureate begins to tell us the story of his life. Like all his work, Livi more...
Amazon Says: In this long-awaited first volume of a planned trilogy, the most acclaimed and revered living Nobel laureate begins to tell us the story of his life. Like all his work, Living to Tell the Tale is a magnificent piece of writing. It spans Gabriel García Márquez’s life from his birth in 1927 through the start of his career as a writer to the moment in the 1950s when he proposed to the woman who would become his wife. It has the shape, the quality, and the vividness of a conversation with the reader—a tale of people, places, and events as they occur to him: the colorful stories of his eccentric family members; the great influence of his mother and maternal grandfather; his consuming career in journalism, and the friends and mentors who encouraged him; the myths and mysteries of his beloved Colombia; personal details, undisclosed until now, that would appear later, transmuted and transposed, in his fiction; and, above all, his fervent desire to become a writer. And, as in his fiction, the narrator here is an inspired observer of the physical world, able to make clear the emotions and passions that lie at the heart of a life—in this instance, his own. Living to Tell the Tale is a radiant, powerful, and beguiling memoir that gives us the formation of Gabriel García Márquez as a writer and as a man. less...
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Of Love And Other Demons by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Amazon Says: From the Nobel Prize-winning author of One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera comes an extraordinary reading experience, the story of a doomed love affa more...
Amazon Says: From the Nobel Prize-winning author of One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera comes an extraordinary reading experience, the story of a doomed love affair between a twelve-year-old girl and a bookish priest, three times her age, who's been sent to oversee her exorcism. less...
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News of a Kidnapping by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Amazon Says: This astonishing book by the Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez chronicles the 1990 kidnappings of ten Colombian men and women--all but one a journalist--by the Medellín more...
Amazon Says: This astonishing book by the Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez chronicles the 1990 kidnappings of ten Colombian men and women--all but one a journalist--by the Medellín drug boss Pablo Escobar. The carefully orchestrated abductions were Escobar's attempt to extort from the government its assurance that he, and other narcotics traffickers, would not be extradited to the United States if they were to surrender. From the highest corridors of government to the domain of the ruthless drug cartels, we watch the unfolding of a bizarre drama replete with fascinating characters: César Gaviria, the nation's cool and secretive president; Diana Turbay, a famous television journalist and magazine editor; three indomitable women who are imprisoned for miserable months in a small room with a light perpetually on; an eighty-two-year-old priest with a mission to bring the regime and the cartel to the negotiating table; and Escobar himself, the legendary drug baron who changes his bodyguards daily and maintains a private zoo with giraffes and hippos from Africa. All of this takes place in a country where presidential candidates and cabinet officers are routinely assassinated; where police go into the Medellín slums to murder boys they think may be working for Escobar; but where brave and honest citizens are trying desperately to make democracy survive. An international best-seller, News of a Kidnapping combines journalistic tenacity with the breathtaking language and perception that distinguish the writings of Gabriel García Márquez. It draws us into a world that, like some phantasmagorical setting in a great García Márquez novel, we can scarcely believe exists--but that continually shocks us with its cold, hard reality. less...
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Collected Novellas by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Amazon Says: Three of Garcia Marquez's classic short novels--Leaf Storm, No One Writes to the Colonel, and Chronicle of a Death Foretold--available in one volume. more...
Amazon Says: Three of Garcia Marquez's classic short novels--Leaf Storm, No One Writes to the Colonel, and Chronicle of a Death Foretold--available in one volume. less...
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