Gabriel García Márquez, acclaimed Colombian writer and Nobel laureate, passed away yesterday in Mexico City at the age of 87. He was born in 1927 in the small town of Aracataca, Colombia, which inspired the setting for many of his works. During the 1940s and ‘50s he worked as a journalist before shifting to writing fulltime. His major breakthrough came in 1967 with the publication of his landmark novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude.
García Márquez’s work is noted for magical realism, a blend of realistic fiction with fantastic elements that provoke the imaginations of readers. In many respects, his novels and short stories reflect the turbulent history of Latin America, tracing years of intermingled optimism and despair, revolutions, and the rule of dictators. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982, a testament to his mark on the consciousness of readers and critics the world over. In honor of his legacy, a selection of his works is now on display on the first floor of the J.W. England Library.