I first read Gabriel García Márquez when I delved into One Hundred Years of Solitude in its original Spanish. I remember being scandalized yet unable to put the novel down. And that was how it was with each of his books that I read. I was simultaneously awed and alarmed by Márquez’ masterful ability to create symbolic yet completely believable tales and there were many of his characters which I came to recognize as equally real and tangible like myself.
Sadly, Márquez passed away Thursday, April 17th at the ripe age of 87 – still too young and too soon for the literary world. There is never a way to replace a brilliant artist once he or she passes on, and Gabriel García Márquez is certainly no exception. This Colombian author helped to create a boom in Spanish literature and leaves a huge gap behind.
If you’ve grown to love each and every one of his works like I have, then join me in raising a glass to one of the Spanish literature greats. Thank you Mr. Márquez for all you’ve given us, you’ve left behind a wealth which will span nations and generations.