On April 17th, Gabriel “Gabo” García Márquez, journalist, author and Nobel Prize winner, died in Mexico at the age of 87.
Gabo was worn in Colombia on March 6th, 1927. His hand expanded Spanish language literature and magical realism with his novel One Hundred Years of Solitude, inspired on his grandparents’ house where he grew up.
His career began in journalism, which he defined as “the best profession of the world”. At the age of 21 he wrote a column in the Universal newspaper in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. His unique style took his work to the world.
Novels and novellas such as No One Writes to the Colonel, The Autumn of the Patriarch, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Love in Time of Cholera, The General in His Labyrith, Of Love and Other Demons, put Gabo in the top authors worldwide. In 2002 he wrote his autobiography Living to Tell the Tale, published in English an year later.
In 1982, García Márquez was awarded with the Literature Nobel prize, “for his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent’s life and conflicts”.
As Gabo wanted to promote the vocation, the ethics and the good narration techniques, in 1994, created the Ibero-American New Journalism Foundation (FNPI for its initials in Spanish).
García Márquez has done so much for good Literature while, at the same time, he honoured the good journalism.
May you rest in peace, Gabo and may we see your legacy on the media nowadays.