Marquez`s death leaves magic realism in lurch

Zee Media Bureau/ Ritika Handoo

New Delhi: One of the most celebrated visionary writers of all time Gabriel Garcia Marquez died a quiet death in Mexico city where he was admitted with pneumonia. The proponent of magic realism left the world in lurch at the age of 87 years.

Marquez was considered to be one most significant authors of the 20th century. He was honoured with the 1972 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature. Not many are aware that Marquez kicked off his career as a journalist. During his initial days, besides journalism, it was Law that kept him busy.

The year 1955 while he travelled to Europe as a correspondent was the golden time when he actually came out with his first copy of fiction work-- Leaf Storm. What followed as they is history. Marquez wrote a number of short novellas and produced fiction books. However his best work is considered to be One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), Autumn of the Patriarch (1975) and Love in the Time of Cholera (1985). These books not only became a marker of his brilliance but also got the critics take notice of him.

His famous literary style of writing became popular as the magic realism—the form which weave the magical elements into otherwise ordinary situations. His other famous works include:

Fame, Chronicle of a Death Foretold and Living to Tell the Tale and Memories of My Melancholy Whores to name a few.


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