Gabriel Gárcia Márquez was born in 1928, the first child of a telegraph operator and the daughter of a retired colonel.1 Partly in recompense for having married against their wishes, the couple allowed Gabriel, the first child, to be brought up by his maternal grandparents in Aracataca in the Caribbean coastal region of Colombia. Márquez has repeatedly affirmed the formative importance of both his grandparents who gave him not only love but also time, the latter often in the form of stories and reminiscences.
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