September 2, 2015

Wednesday Writing Wisdom (23) Gabriel Garcia Marquez

"When I sit down to write, which is the essential moment in my life, I am completely alone. Whenever I write a book, I accumulate a lot of documentation. That background material is the most intimate part of my private life. It's a little embarrassing - like being seen in your underwear It's like the way magicians never tell others how they make a dove come out of a hat.”

Gabriel Garcia Marquez
 (1927 - 2014)

Curious facts about:

He did not “know” his mother until he was 7 years old.

 He has managed to maintain the friendship and esteem of the King of Spain, Bill Clinton, Big Businessmen, and Fidel Castro.

He won the Nobel Prize in 1982 and received it from the King of Sweden in a Latin American peasant outfit called a liquiliqui; his great moment was accompanied by 60 Colombian dancers and singers in the Stockholm town hall.

 Like Dante, he decided to marry his future wife Mercedes when she was nine, “a little girl with ducks on her dress,” and proposed when she was fourteen; eventually he married her when she was 26 and he was 31 and they were still married when he died last year.


  1. I adore the fact that he fell in love with his future wife when he was a kid. I'm not familiar with his work, but he must have been a fabulous author and an amazing man!

    1. Generally, Latin men are very romantic. And choleric too. Highly appreciated in Europe,

  2. He's one I don't know much about and so am glad to learn. Love his quote!

    1. He started as a journalist, and wrote many acclaimed non-fiction works and short stories, but is best known for his novels, such as One Hundred Years of Solitude, The Autumn of the Patriarch, and Love in the Time of Cholera.


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