Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez Nobel Prize Lecture

On December 8, 1982, Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez (1927 – 2014) delivered his Nobel lecture, entitled “The Solitude of Latin America”, when he received the Nobel Prize for Literature.  Marquez has written novels, short-stories, screenplays, and articles, woven with magical realism, a style that highlights the worlds beyond those ordinary and seen. His books include “Love in the Time of Cholera”, “One Hundred Years of Solitude”, and “Autumn of the Patriarch”. His work as a journalist, with his outspoken criticism of the dictatorship of Chilean Augusto Pinochet and US imperialism, were not well received by the US government.  Márquez was denied a visa until President Bill Clinton lifted the travel ban. His Nobel acceptance speech concludes with, “A new and sweeping utopia of life, where no one will be able to decide for others how they die, where love will prove true and happiness be possible, and where the races condemned to one hundred years of solitude will have, at last and forever, a second opportunity on earth.”

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