Photo: Feliz Cumpleaños Gabo! Colombian Nobel Laureate Gabriel García Márquez Turns 85
Gabriel García Márquez was born in 1928 in the small town of Aracataca, Colombia. He grew up with his maternal grandparent - his grandfather was a pensioned colonel from the civil war at the beginning of the century. He went to a Jesuit college and began to read law, but his studies were soon broken off for his work as a journalist. In 1954 he was sent to Rome* on an assignment for his newspaper, and since then he has mostly lived abroad - in Paris, New York, Barcelona and Mexico - in a more or less compulsory exile. Besides his large output of fiction he has written screenplays and has continued to work as a journalist.
In 1967, García Márquez achieved international success with his novel One Hundred Years of Solitude. With the recognition he earned with the publication, he was able to act as a facilitator in several negotiations between the Colombian government and the guerrillas, including the former 19th of April Movement (M-19), and the current FARC and ELN organizations.
In 1982, García Márquez won the Nobel Prize in Literature and he became the first Colombian and fourth Latin American to win the prize. He is also the earliest recipient of the prize still living.
Today, at the age of 85, Gabriel García Márquez has dozens of works to his name. And while a 2009 announcement from his agent stated that he was not likely to write anymore, a Random House Mondadori editor revealed in 2010 that García Márquez was working on a novel titled En agosto nos vemos (We’ll Meet in August).
Feliz Cumpleaños, Señor García Márquez.
(It should also be noted that this year also marks the 30th anniversary of his Nobel Prize for Literature.)