The tribute to Gabo in Argentina for the 40 years of his Nobel Prize

The tribute to Gabo in Argentina for the 40 years of his Nobel Prize

García Márquez or Gabo, for his friends and readers, tried to publish in 1952, without success “Wastewith Editorial Losada. The rejection from the institution was so great that even an editor sent him a letter suggesting that he was “devoting himself to something else”.

Some time later, that book, released in Colombia, would serve as the basis for García Márquez to write “One Hundred Years of Solitudein 1967, under the publishing house Sudamericana in Buenos Aires, and that would make him worthy of the Nobel Prize.

In 1982, the Swedish Academy recognized him for his novels and short stories, in which he “combines the fantastic and the real in a world made up of imagination, reflecting the life and conflicts of a continent.”

“One Hundred Years of Solitude” is considered one of the most representative novels of magical realism of the 20th century and because of its success it is the term used to apply it to the literature of the 1960s in Latin America.

“We were not surprised when he won the Nobel Prize,” Gloria López, editor of Sudamericana and of the books that García Márquez published in the country, said during the tribute.

“A Hundred Years of Solitude never sold out, it was always reissued to get more copies. After he won, we decided for the first time in history to release 50,000 reissues of his best-known books. Nobody stayed,” he added.

Thirty years later, that same work was translated into at least 37 languages ​​and sold more than 30 million copies around the world, and even became the mandatory bibliography of schools and universities in Latin America.

The book has 20 untitled chapters, in which it tells a story with a non-linear structure, since the events in the fictional town of Macondo and the Buendía family, as well as the names of the characters that are repeated over and over, mixed with fantasy with the reality. In addition, the narrator is also the main character, something postmodern for the time.

The tribute also had as a special guest the Colombian film and television director, Rodrigo Garcia Barcha eldest son of Garcia Marquez.

“Gabo was suspicious of the prizes, and the Nobel Prize in particular, because they hadn’t given it to Jorge Luis Borges or Virginia Woolf or other authors he respected and read a lot,” said García Barcha. live from a gigantic screen at the Boekenbeurs.

“The Swedish academy asked him not to tell anyone, but he exploded to tell someone,” recalled Barcha during the ceremony, which gradually turned into a chat between friends in the audience.

“When the news was out, the phone was saturated and the journalists and readers just kept coming home, it was all very crazy and delusional, like he was a rock star,” he added.

Source: El heraldo

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