The majority of literary critics would not hesitate in praising the works
of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Garcia Marquez is often considered one of the
greatest writers to come out of Latin America. Born in Aracataca, a small
town in northern Columbia, he was primarily raised by his maternal
grandparents (Britannica). Biographies often indicate a presence of a large
community including an abundance of relatives when describing his upbringing
(Macondo). While he was surrounded by those who loved him he did not live
during a peaceful time in Columbian history (Macondo). His family and the
constant political turmoil of Columbia would greatly influence his works
He is well known for writing works of outstanding caliber such as One
Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera(Garcia Marquez's
Labyrinth). He is also well known for his popular short stories. A
collection of his works was first published in 1955: Leaf Storm and Other
Stories(Garcia Marquez's Labyrinth). The latest work dealt with the issue
of drug trafficking and recent kidnappings within Columbia titled: News of a
Kidnapping(Garcia Marquez's Labyrinth). Within all of his works, a
combination of this ideological views and a re-counting of family past
(including that of his homeland Columbia) intertwines, often analyzing the
ways of society and government(Macondo).
No work of his is more representative than One Hundred Years of
Solitude. After long affiliation with Cuban communists and his work as
reporter for Prensa Latina (a leftist newspaper), Garci...
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...nth). However true this may be, it is clear that Marquez took
experiences and events from his own life and the backdrop of Columbian
political history to create magical stories well after his exile from his
Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Macondo.The Modern World. 1999.
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Reveiw on One Hundred Years of Solitude.
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Gacria Marquez's Labyrinth. 2003.
Accessed: September 10, 2003
Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Britannica.2003.
Accessed: September 8, 2003.
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