April 21, 2014 |
Gabriel García Márquez, the Nobel laureate who died in Mexico City on Thursday, has been cremated and his ashes could be shared between two countries, according to Mexican media reports . The Colombian novelist spent five decades of his life in Mexico but never gave up his Colombian citizenship. On Friday, Colombia's ambassador to Mexico, Jose Gabriel Ortiz, told reporters gathered outside the late author's Mexico City home that part of his remains might return to Colombia.
June 7, 1987 |
Miguel Littin, a film maker exiled from Chile in 1973 and subsequently forbidden by the regime of Augusto Pinochet to return, did return in disguise for six weeks in 1985 to film a documentary about life under the present regime. "We particularly wanted to explore the living conditions of the people, their reaction to the dictatorship, and their methods of resistance," he later told his friend, the novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, recounting the making of the film "Acta General de Chile."
September 16, 1990 |
In 1830, Simon Bolivar, the brilliant and paradoxical figure who liberated much of South America from Spain but failed in his dream of keeping it together, resigned his office. With a few loyalists, he journeyed down the Magdalena River to the coast, where he would die a few months later.
March 7, 2007 |
After a career that included 11 novels, four collections of short stories and several compilations of journalism, Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez last year gave friends the disappointing news that he had "run out of gas" and was quitting writing. The author was diagnosed with lymphoma in 1999, and after treatment at UCLA Medical Center, he recently was pronounced free of the disease.
October 26, 2004 |
AT 76, Gabo, as Gabriel Garcia Marquez is known in the Spanish-speaking world, has written an erotic novella about an affair between an old man and a pubescent girl, set in a Colombian coastal town reminiscent of Barranquilla. The unnamed protagonist is a bachelor who for decades has lived alone (with the exception of a veteran maid) in his parents' house and who makes his living as a second-rate newspaper columnist and by selling off family heirlooms.
November 16, 2007 |
Since Gabriel Garcia Marquez first published "Love in the Time of Cholera" internationally in 1988, he is said to have declined, much like a character in one of his books, something on the order of 50 offers to turn the novel into a film. Part of his reluctance to fork over the story to Hollywood apparently stemmed from his misgivings about subjecting one the greatest Spanish-language novels of the 20th century to an English-language adaptation.
April 3, 2005 |
Here in the birthplace of Latin America's most famous living writer, security is an ephemeral concept. Locals will swear to you that the surrounding roads are safe, even in the queasy hours between dusk and dawn. But just two years ago, 11 government soldiers were blown to pieces after being lured into a guerrilla minefield on the edge of town.