The death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez is one that will hit the literary world with immense strength. Marquez, a revolutionary writer who is credited with the creation of a new genre, passed away in Mexico City, Mexico at the age of 87. His novels quickly became classics, with One Hundred Years of Solitude breaking new ground in magical realism and the writing of a fictional family saga. It is a book that everyone should read and the New York Times Book Review stated that it is the only book besides the Book of Genesis that should be required reading for all human beings. Those who read it will agree. Another of Marquez’s most famous works, Love in the Time of Cholera, has inspired films, such as Serendipity, and has been referenced in other works of fiction and television shows—it is Ted’s favorite book in How I Met Your Mother. Even if you are unfamiliar with Gabriel Garcia Marquez, everyone has undoubtedly been presented with one of his works through pop culture.
His collection of short stories are diverse, colorful, and haunting. His style cannot be compared to any other writer, although he has been emulated by many writers over the years. Marquez deservedly won the Nobel prize in 1982 and revealed the beauty of Latin American writing to the world. His works were influenced by his experiences as a journalist during years of uprisings and political unrest in his home country of Colombia. Despite the fantastical elements of his fiction, the tales ring painfully true, emotionally realistic, and completely probable. As a writer, Marquez is beyond compare and he transcends the expectations of a fiction.
It is a shame that a writer of such talent is gone and that we will never get another extraordinary work of fiction from his exceptional mind. It is certain though, that with his death, all of his works will be read again and again, by those who are familiar with him and by those who have yet to have the pleasure of delving into Macondo or his other fictional worlds. His novels, novellas, and short stories will forever be viewed and treasured as classics around the world. And if we have learned anything about the magical realism which Marquez wrote so well, we know that he is not really gone but in another realm in which he can be at rest, at peace, and with the familiar characters of his great stories. Rest in peace, Gabo.