We all at Golden Hare are deeply saddened to hear of the death of the Colombian writer and Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez. Very few 20th century cultural figures were as inspirational, as unifying and as universally beloved as Marquez, or ‘Gabo’ as he was affectionately known
throughout Latin America, the region he did more than anyone else to put on the literary map. He was feted by US presidents (Marquez’s masterpiece One Hundred Years of Solitude is famously Bill Clinton’s favourite book) but was a lifelong radical and socialist and a close friend of Fidel Castro.
He was adored and admired by the global literary elite yet enjoyed an enormous popularity both at home and abroad that very few serious or literary (let alone experimental, and Marquez’s writing could be wildly experimental – witness the polyphonic stream-of-consciousness of The Autumn of the Patriarch) American or European authors could imagine.
If it was this ability to transcend cultural and political divides that made him so cherished in life, it is the unique originality of his vision, the luminous beauty of his prose and, perhaps above all, the depth of his humanity and empathy that will ensure his work endures as long as people continue to read and to dream.