To commemorate the 5th anniversary of the legendary writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s death, Gabo Center and the FNPI organized a special event in Cartagena (the Colombian city where Marquez worked as a journalist for the newspaper El Universal).
Extracts, from Marquez’s literature (that he created throughout six decades), were read out across a huge crowd.
The collective reading took place at San Pedro Claver square, where the writer’s first steps as a journalist started and where his remains rest.
In this regard, the FNPI’s General Director Jaime Abello Banfi said, “The reading is to pay tribute to a figure for whom Cartagena was the capital of his affection and Caribean side.
“In Cartagena, he owned a house and supported the Cinema Festival organized in this particular region. Here his remains reside. For Cartagena, he dedicated the novels Of Love and Other Demons and Love in the Time of Cholera (Cartagena’s novel par excellence).”
The director of the event utilized the ceremony to keep a grateful memory to Alberto Abello Vives who passed away recently. Alongside with Marquez, Vives co-founded the FNPI. “We look back at him for his work and moral commitment towards Cartagena and the Carribean.”
A Brief about Gabriel Garcia Marquez
His name was Gabriel Jose de la Concordia Marquez, warm-heartedly known across Latin America as Gabo or Gabito. He is one of the 20th century’s most all-important authors in the Spanish Language.
Marquez was a Colombian short-story writer, novelist, journalist and screenwriter. In 1972, he received the Neustadt International Prize for Literature. Ten years later, in 1982, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. His art is still highly appreciated and it was translated into several languages including Arabic.
His fame crossed continents. In a famous Egyptian film called The Embassy in the Building, to show that one of the actors was very well-educated, in a scene this actor handed the film’s star Adel Emam the novel of Marquez Love in the Time of Cholera.
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