May 16, 1992 |
A cancerous tumor has been removed from the lung of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel Prize-winning author of novels such as "100 Years of Solitude" and "Love in the Time of Cholera." Garcia Marquez, 65, had a "localized lung tumor of low-grade malignancy," according to a communique Thursday from the Santa Fe Foundation Clinic of Bogota. It said the cancer probably was caused by his onetime heavy smoking habit. The clinic said his prognosis was good but gave few details.
June 23, 1991
Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez spoke with 81-year-old Japanese director Akira Kurosawa in Tokyo last October when the film maker was shooting his latest movie, "Rhapsody in August." The film, which is scheduled for release in this country in December, was recently shown at the Cannes Film Festival where, Marquez reports, it received public and critical acclaim but annoyed some U.S. journalists "who considered it hostile to their country."
November 25, 1990
The barrage of "sour grapes" letters from all those Gabriel Garcia Marquez bashers who hate him for his progressive politics was quite revealing. Their response to "Gabo Talks" says more about their rigid world than it does about Marquez. They'll never forgive him for his sympathetic view of Latin American revolutions. Unable to face reality, they froth at the mouth at a suggestion that indigenous Latin American movements for social justice are legitimate, necessary and worthy of support.
October 21, 1990
I am a hard-core Garcia Marquez fan. I have read nearly all of his books. One can be transported to magic and exotic lands where the only laws that rule are those of his vast imagination. I have great respect for Garcia Marquez, the writer, and care not for his politics. I have not read a book of his with political overtones. If he has written any political works in disguise, he is a great master of metaphor. For the article to say that "his political views have been a subject of debate and controversy" leads to the question, by whom?
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.
September 2, 1990
The General was so ill when he awoke on December 10 that they called Bishop Estevez with all urgency in the event he wanted to make his confession. The Bishop rushed to the house, and such was the importance he gave to the interview that he wore full Episcopal attire. But by order of the General it took place behind closed doors and without witnesses and lasted only fourteen minutes. No one learned a word they said.