About Gabriel Garcia Marquez


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Gabriel Garcia Marquez was born on March 6th, 1927 in Aracataca, Colombia.  He was raised by his grandmother, who was very superstitious of the mythical and his grandfather, who served as a Colonel in the Thousand Days War.  Marquez was studying law in the Univeristy of Cartagena when he began his career in journalism.  Soon after, in 1950 he began a column in a local Barranquillan newspaper and became paper of a group of writers called the Barranquillan Group. 

Many of Marquez’s works are based on his hometown including it’s history as well as his own family history.  As a result of his grandmother’s serious belief in myths and folk tales, Marquez grew up believing many of the stories she told him, often unable to distinguish them from reality.  Marquez addresses many of his nation’s issues through his novels and short stories.  Gabriel Garcia Marquez won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982 and was a major contributor to the literary movement which introduced the use of magic realism.  He is a celebrated novelist, journalist, and writer of short stories.


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