Novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez is unable to write, his brother said recently, because of dementia cancer treatments. But a colleague has told the N.Y. Times that the author is no more impaired than the average 85-year-old.
“I saw him in April,” Jaime Abellos, the director of the Gabriel García Márquez New Journalism Foundation in Cartagena, Colombia, told the N.Y. Times. “He is a man of 85 with the normal signs of his age.”
That runs counter to the assessment of Marquez's decline put forward by his brother Jaime Garcia Marquez. "Dementia runs in our family, and he's now suffering the ravages prematurely due to the cancer that put him almost on the verge of death," he told the Guardian. "Chemotherapy saved his life, but it also destroyed many neurons, many defences and cells, and accelerated the process," Jaime continued. "But he still has the humour, joy and enthusiasm that he has always had."
"He has problems with his memory," Jaime said. "Sometimes I cry because I feel like I'm losing him."
“I do not agree," said Abello. "It is an interpretation based on someone who does not share daily life with him.”