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Date Of BirthMarch 6, 1927
DiedApril 17, 2014, Mexico City, Mexico, April 17, 2014, Mexico City, Mexico
SpouseMercedes Barcha, Mercedes Barcha
FactPictured on a 55c Spanish commemorative postage stamp, issued 22 April 2015.

Gabriel García Márquez was born on March 6, 1927, in Aracataca, Colombia. His father, Gabriel Eligio García, was a telegraph operator and a veteran of the Thousand Days War (1899-1902); his mother, Luisa Santiaga Márquez Iguarán, was a schoolteacher. García Márquez was the first of twelve children. He was raised in Aracataca, but spent most of his childhood in nearby Sucre, where his maternal grandparents lived.

García Márquez began his education at a local primary school, but his family’s financial situation forced him to transfer to a boarding school in Barranquilla when he was nine years old. He continued his studies at the National University of Colombia in Bogotá, where he majored in law. He did not complete his degree, however, because he became disillusioned with the corrupt Colombian legal system.

García Márquez began his career as a journalist in 1948. He worked for a number of different newspapers and magazines in Colombia and Venezuela. In 1955, he moved to Mexico City, where he worked as a screenwriter and journalist. He also began writing fiction during this period. His first novel, “La hojarasca” (1955), was not successful.

García Márquez’s breakthrough came with the publication of “One Hundred Years of Solitude” (1967). The novel, which tells the story of the fictional town of Macondo and its residents, is considered one of the most important works of Latin American literature. It won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.

García Márquez continued to write fiction throughout his career. His other novels include “El amor en los tiempos del cólera” (1985) and “Memoria de mis putas tristes” (2004). He also wrote a number of non-fiction works, including “Noticia de un secuestro” (1996), a book about the kidnapping of his cousin, Luis Carlos Galán.

García Márquez died on April 17, 2014, at the age of 87.

General Info

Full NameGabriel García Márquez
Date Of BirthMarch 6, 1927
DiedApril 17, 2014, Mexico City, Mexico, April 17, 2014, Mexico City, Mexico
ProfessionScreenwriter, Opinion Piece Writer, Novelist, Actor, Actor, Novelist, Screenwriter, Opinion Piece Writer
EducationUniversity of Cartagena, National University of Colombia, University of Cartagena, National University of Colombia


SpouseMercedes Barcha, Mercedes Barcha
ChildrenRodrigo García, Gonzalo García Barcha, Rodrigo García, Gonzalo García Barcha
ParentsGabriel Eligio García, Luisa Santiaga Márquez, Luisa Santiaga Márquez, Gabriel Eligio García
SiblingsJaime Garcia Marquez, Jaime Garcia Marquez


AwardsNobel Prize in Literature, Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger, Rómulo Gallegos Prize, Neustadt International Prize for Literature, New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year, Common Wealth Award of Distinguished Service, Ariel Award for Best Original Story, Ariel Award for Best Screenplay for Cinema, N...
NominationsMan Booker International Prize, Best Screenplay Award, Man Booker International Prize, Best Screenplay Award
MoviesEréndira, There Are No Thieves in This Village, The Blue Lobster, Miracle in Rome, The Widow of Montiel, Mary My Dearest, Fable of the Beautiful Pigeon Fancier, Farewell to the Ark, Oedipus Mayor, Patsy, My Love, Love in the Time of Cholera, The Invisible Children, The year of the plague, 4 contra ...

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1He who awaits much can expect little.
2I don't know who said that novelists read the novels of others only to figure out how they are written. I believe it's true. We aren't satisfied with the secrets exposed on the surface of the page: we turn the book around to find the seams.
3Children's lies are signs of great talent.
4The world must be fucked up when men travel first class and literature goes as freight.
5I'm a journalist. I've always been a journalist. My books couldn't have been written if I weren't a journalist because all the material was taken from reality.
6It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old. They grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.
7A man know when he is growing old because he looks like his father.
8The problem with marriage is that it ends every night after making love, and it must be rebuilt every morning before breakfast.
9Fiction was invented the day Jonas arrived home and told his wife that he was three days late because he had been swallowed by a whale.
10Fame is very agreeable, but the bad thing is that it goes on twenty-four hours a day.


1Pictured on a 200p Colombian commemorative postage stamp issued 14 July 2015.
2Pictured on a 55c Spanish commemorative postage stamp, issued 22 April 2015.
3Good friends with Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
4After learning that he suffered from lymphatic cancer in 1999, he wrote his autobiography "Vivir para contarla" ("Living to Tell the Tale", 2002).
5His most successful novels include "One Hundred Years of Solitude" (1967), "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" (1981) and "Love in the Time of Cholera" (1985), which was made into the movie Love in the Time of Cholera (2007).
6Worked as a foreign correspondent in Caracas, Rome, Geneva, Poland, Hungary, Paris, Barcelona, Mexico, India and New York City.
7Born to Gabriel Eligio García and Luisa Santiaga Márquez, he was raised by his grandparents Nicolas Ricardo Márquez, a veteran of the Thousand Days War, and Tranquilinia Iguarán Cotes.
8Father of Gonzalo García Barcha.
9His book Love in the Time of Cholera is featured as a major prop in Serendipity (2001).
10Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1982
11The video for R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion" is based on his short story "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings".
12Father of Rodrigo García.
13Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature (1982).




Tevavore2016Short short story
Memoria de mis putas tristes2011based on the novel by
Nativ Damech Basheleg2011Short story
Kaszel umarlaka2009Short inspired by the short story "Muerte constante más allá del amor" - as G. G. Marquez
Del amor y otros demonios2009novel
Love in the Time of Cholera2007novel "El amor en los tiempos del cólera"
ZA 05. Lo viejo y lo nuevo2006Documentary
O Veneno da Madrugada2005novel "La Mala Hora"/"In Evil Hour"
Los niños invisibles2001
Duelo2001Short book
The Death of Abraham Lincoln: In Three Parts2000Short story by
El coronel no tiene quien le escriba1999novel
Ma armastan sind1997Short novel
Oedipo alcalde1996
Saturday Night Thief1996TV Short
Eyes of a Blue Dog1994story
Crónicas de una generación trágica1993TV Mini-Series idea - 6 episodes
Mkholod sikvdili modis autsileblad1992novel
Me alquilo para soñar1992TV Mini-Series 6 episodes
La mujer que llegaba a las seis1992Short story
Nekros adelfos1992Short short story
Xuese Qingchen1992uncredited
Contigo en la distancia1991Short
La María1991TV Series adaptation - 1991
Con el amor no se juega1991
The Two Way Mirror1990TV Short
Un domingo feliz1989TV Movie
El verano de la señora Forbes1989TV Movie story
I'm the One You're Looking For1989TV Movie story
Milagro en Roma1989writer
Cartas del parque1989screenplay / story
Un señor muy viejo con unas alas enormes1988screenplay collaboration
Fábula de la Bella Palomera1988writer
Cronaca di una morte annunciata1987novel
Tiempo de morir1985
Farewell to the Ark1984novel "One Hundred Years of Solitude"
Tiempo de morir1984TV Series story
Eréndira1983novel / screenplay
Hyakunen no kodoku1981Video novel
Enroque1981Short story
El mar del tiempo perdido1980short story
El año de la peste1979screenplay
María de mi corazón1979screenplay / story
La viuda de Montiel1979novel
Patsy, mi amor1969story
4 contra el crimen1968screenplay
Juego peligroso1967segment "HO"
Time to Die1966
Amor amor amor1965adaptation - segment "Lola de mi vida"
En este pueblo no hay ladrones1965story
Lola de mi vida1965adaptation / screenplay
The Golden Cockerel1964screenplay
La langosta azul1954Short


María de mi corazón1979uncredited
En este pueblo no hay ladrones1965Boletero cine


Lecciones para un Beso2011script doctor
Northern Exposure1994TV Series "100 Years of Solitude" by - 1 episode


La langosta azul1954Short


Edición Especial Coleccionista2014TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Águilas no cazan moscas1994thanks
Mi hermano del alma1994thanks


The Neorealism: We Were Not Just Bicycles Thieves2013DocumentaryHimself - Interviewed
On Story2012TV SeriesHimself
La palabra empeñada2010DocumentaryHimself
José e Pilar2010DocumentaryHimself
Muchos años después... Gabo en México2007DocumentaryHimself
IV Congreso internacional de la lengua española2007TV MovieHimself
10 líneas de 'El Quijote'2005TV SeriesHimself
Directives Are Directives2001Short documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Caiga quien caiga1997-1999TV SeriesHimself
Un siècle d'écrivains1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Enredando sombras1998DocumentaryHimself
La vida según...1995TV SeriesHimself
My Macondo1990Himself
Acta General de Chile1986DocumentaryHimself
Do Not Enter: The Visa War Against Ideas1986DocumentaryHimself
Camilo, el cura guerrillero1974DocumentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Gabo, la creación de Gabriel García Márquez2015DocumentaryHimself
The 87th Annual Academy Awards2015TV SpecialHimself - Writer (In Memoriam)
Días de cine2014TV SeriesHimself
La tele de tu vida2007TV SeriesHimself
La mandrágora2006TV SeriesHimself
Alivio de luto2005Video shortHimself
Unsere Besten2004TV SeriesHimself


Won Awards

1982Nobel Prize in LiteratureNobel Prize

"for his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a ... More

1980Silver ArielAriel Awards, MexicoBest Screenplay (Mejor Guión Cinematográfico)El año de la peste (1979)
1980Silver GoddessMexican Cinema JournalistsBest Screenplay, Adapted (Mejor Adaptación)El año de la peste (1979)

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