Magical Realism * Gabriel García Márquez

Gabriel Garcia Marquez with Book on Head

Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez died yesterday at the age of 87.

His most famous work, One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), was essential to the Latin American literary boom of the ’60s and ’70s, and was translated into more than 30 languages. The novel follows the tales of 7 generations of the Buendía family. It begins with the founding of a utopia-esque land, Macondo; a city of mirrors that reflect the world and the lives of each generation.

The Nobel Laureate unleashed a wave of magical realism onto the literary scene, blending the ancient mysticism and myths of South America into metaphors that commented on politics, human nature and societal understanding.

Here are some quotes from the man himself, a true gem to be remembered in Fairy Tale month.

1. Crazy people are not crazy if one accepts their reasoning.

Love in the Time of Cholera (1985)

2. I say extraordinary things in an ordinary tone. It’s possible to get away with anything as long as you make it believable.

Playboy interview (1983)

3. I don’t believe in God, but I’m afraid of Him.

Love in the Time of Cholera

4. The secret of good old-age is none other than an honest pact with solitude.

One Hundred Years of Solitude 

5.Sex is the consolation you have when you can’t have love.

Memories of My Melancholy Whores (2004)

6. My heart has more rooms in it than a whore house.

Love in the Time of Cholera 

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

Love in the Time of Cholera

With close friend Fidel Castro

With close friend Fidel Castro

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