Gabriel García Márquez (1927–2014) was arguably the world’s most celebrated novelist, from the publication and rampant success of One Hundred Years of Solitude (Cien años de soledad, 1967) until his death 47 years later. He was born in Aracataca, a small town on the Caribbean coast of Colombia in South America. In 1947 he was awarded a scholarship to complete his high school education at a boarding school in Zipaquirá, a very old pre-Columbian town in the country’s highlands in the metropolitan area of Bogotá. He later started to study law but eventually dropped out and began to work as a journalist, spending time in Cartagena and Barranquilla, some starving years in Paris, a year in New York and a few years in Barcelona, before settling finally in Mexico City, where he spent the second half of his life. After several of his short stories had appeared in different Colombian newspapers, García Márquez’s first novel, Leaf Storm (La horajasca), came out in 1955, followed by No One Writes to the Colonel (El coronel no tiene quien le escribe, 1961), In Evil Hour (La mala hora, 1962) and a collection of stories, Big Mama’s Funeral (Los funerales de la Mamá Grande, 1962). None of these, however, received much attention outside of his native Colombia until the publication of One Hundred Years of Solitude.
Swipe to navigate through the chapters of this book
Please log in to get access to this content
- Macmillan Education UK
- Sequence number
- Chapter number