Gabriel José García Márquez (March 6, 1927 – April 17, 2014) was born in the town of Aracatca, Colombia. Latin America's preeminent man of letters, he is considered by many to be one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. He began his writing career as a journalist and is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera.
Márquez was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982, “for his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent's life and conflicts.”
Marquez's novels One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera were Oprah's Book Club selections.
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