Friday, April 18, 2014

The Macondo of the soul: How Gabriel García Márquez taught me to believe in words

I was a girl growing up in a Guatemala wracked by a bloody, undeclared civil war. I knew magic existed, because I knew books existed. And there was one I wanted desperately to read — Cien Años de Soledad — One Hundred Years of Solitude, which was on my mother’s nightstand and on the lips of every adult in my life. I was seven.

“Can I read it?” I asked my mother.

“No, you’re not old enough,” she responded.

I knew what that meant. It must have sex in it, and no amount of complaining would change her mind.


García Márquez was a journalist before he became a fiction writer and I, who have followed that same trajectory, understand perfectly why. Some truths can only be told in fiction; some reports rival the most vile and grotesque imaginings.

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1 comment:

  1. Marquez has got story telling talent. The books is good but you will eventually get bored out of the monotonous and expected creations, but some characters are worth pondering upon.


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