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Despite its unbelievable premise, the story proceeds in a matter-of-fact manner.
The personal memories of characters are as important—if not more so—than the actual events that occurred. But if you say that there are four hundred and twenty-five elephants in the sky, people will probably believe you. When I was very small there was an electrician who came to the house. I became very curious because he carried a belt with which he used to suspend himself from the electrical posts.
My grandmother used to say that every time this man came around, he would leave the house full of butterflies. Besides his young grandson, he was the only other male in a home inhabited by Tranquilina, three aunts, and a bevy of female servants.
His war stories fascinated his grandson and helped Gabo appreciate politics and history. The colonel explained the political aspects of the war to his grandson, detailing how the Liberals and Conservatives fought over control of the government and its handling of the economy.
His ally and successor, Francisco de Paula Santander, ruled with a weaker central government. This photograph of Colombian soldiers was taken toward the end of the fighting, in However, both parties wanted Colombia to succeed.
The civil war and the bitter feud between the political parties had split the nation, even tearing families apart. One day, he took Gabo to a circus.
Having declared independence from Spain in , Colombia is one of the oldest democracies in Latin America, but, as writer Allen B.
The country became advanced politically, and two distinct political parties formed: the Liberals and the Conservatives. Unfortunately, these two parties did not promote the ideal of democracy in Colombia. Instead, they were responsible for centuries of bloodshed. In , the two warring political factions engaged in what became known as the War of a Thousand Days, a civil war that led to the deaths of more than , people.
The dispute began over the falling price of coffee. The Conservatives, who were in control of the government at the time, panicked because of the declining economy and issued paper money that was not backed by gold. As a result, the value of the peso decreased dramatically, forcing coffee farmers into bankruptcy and leading the Liberals to declare war on the government. The war raged for three years. The Liberals eventually lost, but the two parties negotiated a settlement in that promised economic and political reform.
The peace did not last long, as the decades-old hostilities between the Liberals and the Conservatives exploded again in Known as La violencia, the rioting eventually led to an all-out war that spread throughout the country. Within five years, more than Living with the Colonel , people were killed.
In , Pinilla was overthrown by another military coup, and the Liberals and Conservatives agreed to form a National Front, in which they would share power, alternating the presidency between the two parties. His identity as a Colombian was shaped by these two events, and his feelings about politics and power, which are major themes in his novels, can be traced back to these turbulent events. The situation has not improved in modern times.
Political groups, whose aim is to transform Colombia from a capitalist nation to a socialist one, have been trying to overthrow the government since the s. They have funded their efforts by participating in the drug trade.
Colombia exports large amounts of illegal drugs, especially cocaine, and this has proven to be one of the most devastating developments in the history of modern Colombia. Negotiations have fallen apart time after time, and the future of the nation is unclear.
Colombian and international leaders often ask his advice on political matters. During his lifetime, he helped win the independence of his own country and several others in South America, including Colombia, which gained its independence in He worked ambitiously around the house, Living with the Colonel maintaining the property with great care and attention, and never missed Sunday Mass at the local Catholic church.
However, he did suffer from physical ailments, many of them old war wounds that flared up occasionally into aches and pains. He relied on a walking stick to help him get around, and he was never seen without it. He died soon thereafter. A huge bonfire was lit in the courtyard and his clothing was tossed into the flames. That was when the tremendous personal loss of his grandfather struck the young boy, and he realized how much his grandfather had meant to him.
Reuniting with his parents after years of being separated felt strange. In fact, upon one of his first visits to his parents as a little boy, he had stood in a room filled with female relatives, wondering which one was his mother.
Nonetheless, he enrolled in school in Barranquilla, which helped set a schedule for him and provided some stability in his life. His free time was spent helping his father establish the new pharmacy. The elder Gabriel had actually sent his wife and five young children to live temporarily in Aracataca until he and Gabo could set up the pharmacy in Barranquilla. He used anecdotes to explain his own difficult childhood, as well as his problems in school and his failed attempts to complete a degree in medicine.
The elder Gabriel was a miser, however, and was always aware of his tight budget. At one point, he decided that he and Gabo would eat only one meal a day to save money. This did Living with the Colonel not last long, as he soon caught year-old Gabo surreptitiously stuffing himself with sodas and snacks. The elder Gabriel had an appetite for reading.
The fact that the answer had come from Gabo, however, was overshadowed by the celebration that erupted, as neighbors and friends who had listened to the program rushed over to offer congratulations. When his father returned from his dinner, he also joined the celebration, unaware that his son had been the cause of it. He was also very well balanced. He loved to read in solitude, like his father, but he also loved to be among people and to socialize, like his grandfather.
He also faced the social stigma of being poor. He copied comic strips that appeared in local papers and sold them to people in his neighborhood. He worked at a print shop, trying to learn the trade.
The owners eventually gave him a new task: standing on the street corner, handing out flyers for cough syrup. One day, he saw a woman—a family friend from Aracataca—who seemed shocked at what he was doing. He had never handed out flyers again anyway. Instead, he would just throw them into the gutters. Finally, he was told to return within a week. When he did, he was again sent away and told to come back a week later. Several more weeks went by like this, until another woman finally gave him a cold, dismissive message from the rich man: His home was not a charity.
He could not bring himself to tell her the man, whom she thought was so generous, had spurned her request. However, they sensed his intelligence and decided to make an investment in his formal education.
He slept his first night there at the home of a family friend, and remembers his shock when the sheets in his bed felt as cold as ice. The change in environment and climate made him homesick for the warm climate of the coastal region he Finding His Calling called home, but he was determined to settle in to his new life at the school and to succeed. His parents, after all, were depending on him. After taking a placement exam, he won a national scholarship to the Liceo Nacional, which paid for his tuition and boarding.
The news came as an immense relief to his parents. It received sharp criticism from his classmates for being amateurish.
Like his father, he read voraciously and often read and reread favorite poems, memorizing them in order to enjoy their sound and rhythm. He also helped his students start a literary center at the Liceo, as well as a newspaper. Many of his teachers were young men who held leftist, or more liberal, political views.
Marxism was a popular political affiliation among many Latin American intellectuals, who were attracted to its emphasis on political, social, and economic equality.
The war was being followed closely throughout the world, even by high school boys in a small Colombian city. He also resented the pressure that his financially strapped parents placed on him to excel. He knew that they expected him to complete his studies and become a professional—perhaps a physician or a lawyer—and then help support them financially.
It was the first time he had ever considered writing as a career. His initial reaction, however, was to dismiss the idea. After all, there are better ways to starve to death. The law program was rigorous, but it allowed him to have his afternoons free, giving him the time to work to help pay for his expenses.
He struggled to imitate the confident voice of the master. For days, he worked on the story, editing and revising, missing class the whole time because he was so caught up in the spirit of the work.
His mother, to preserve her own emotional stability, keeps him in a coffin for eighteen years rather than allow him to die naturally. This was the most explicit symbol of my poverty. When he was only 13, he was already publishing articles and poems in local newspapers and journals. In , he began to contribute poetry regularly to a well-known literary journal, but he adopted the pen name Pablo Neruda in honor of one of his literary influences, the Czechoslovakian poet Jan Neruda.
Neruda attended the University of Chile, where he studied French.
His education and talent helped him land diplomatic jobs with the government, and he was sent to countries around the world. He became very politically astute during these years, developing a liberal political philosophy. Neruda was living in Europe at the time and protested the brutal policies of Franco, using his political connections to help Spanish refugees find homes in Chile.
In , after he returned to Chile, Neruda was elected to political office. That same year, he joined the Communist Party. He began an active career of fighting for the powerless people in his country.
In , after he criticized the treatment of miners, he had to go underground, hiding from the government for two years. He eventually fled to Europe, where he lived and continued writing for several years. In , he published Cantato General, a monumental work of more than poems, in which he tells the history of Latin America and emphasizes the need for social justice.
Neruda died in , two years after receiving the Nobel Prize. To this day, he is regarded as the finest poet from Latin America. Writing short stories proved to have problems of its own, especially in Colombia, where the most revered form of literary art was not fiction but poetry.
Another popular poet was Pablo Neruda, who connected poetry and politics. The Chilean poet, who lived in political exile for many years, was widely admired for his passionate poetry about the history of Latin America and the quest of its oppressed masses to find freedom.
At the same time, he also wrote eloquent love poetry, demonstrating his versatility and range of talent. In Colombia, as in other places in the world, literature and politics were closely linked. In addition to having his short stories published in El Espectador, he had begun to receive recognition from the local poets and other writers for his emerging talent. Furthermore, despite his lack of interest in his law classes, he passed his courses and remained in good academic standing at the university.
But now he was aware of the political tensions in Colombia. Through hard work and a reliance on his intelligence, he became a star within the Liberal Party. He criticized the brutal policies of the Conservative administration and its corruption. He focused on the need for the Liberal Party to resolve its internal differences. His popularity among Colombians spread quickly, and people began to feel that the nation stood on the threshold of a new beginning.
It was a mock funeral march in honor of all the victims of political violence. Sixty thousand Colombians turned out for the event, wearing black and moving silently through the streets. Many think that some of these friends were actually co-conspirators in the assassination attempt, but nothing has ever been proven. Controversy would later erupt about whether there had been one gunman or three and about how many shots had actually been fired. Crowds of furious people, in shock and grief, quickly sought revenge.
Word spread that the assassin had been caught by the police. The crowds went after the man, and officers locked him away in a local drugstore, behind heavy metal gates, to protect him until they could interrogate him. His early life of poverty helped determine the issues that he would support for the rest of his life. In school, he faced social-class obstacles from classmates who came from wealthier families.
He also took a teaching position at the National University of Colombia. He traveled to Rome and earned a doctorate at the Royal University. He became politically active while he was still a student, taking part in popular demonstrations.
No matter how fantastic or improbable her statements were, she always delivered them as if they were irrefutable truths. It was a dead pan style that after three decades her grandson adopted for his greatest novel. His mother Luisa Santiaga Marquez Iguaran was one of the daughters of colonel. A spirited girl, she unfortunately fell in love with a man named Gabriel Eligio Garcia.
He had the reputation as a philanderer, and the father of four illegitimate children. The Colonel and his wife tried all they could to get rid of the man, but he kept coming back, and it was obvious that their daughter was committed to him.
This tragicomic story of their courtship was later adopted and recalled by Marquez in his Love in the Time of Cholera. For Marquez, memories are the most precious possession that he ever had. It is his responsibility over those memories which made him decide to write about it.
In his Sea of Lost Time, he presents a man who comes with a gramophone to the dilapidated town near the sea, where he plays some old songs. The people who listen to those songs sit there motionless, when every song was associated with something in their minds. He finds that everything he has there is lost. In this journey he visits Dr. Alfred Barbosa whom he used to visit in his childhood days.
Marquez says that the soup he had from there brought back the childhood that he had with his grandparents. It is this journey that teaches him that he cannot help writing when he has to be faithful to his memories.
But it is a sad fact that the country was full of problems. In , the country was advanced to concretize their squabbling in the form of two political parties — the Liberals and the Conservatives, which exist till date. These two political parties form the political frame work for much of Marquez novels. The country Colombia is split into two main regional groups — the Costenos of the coastal Carribean and Cachonos of the central highland. Both of these groups use the term as pejorative of the others and both occasionally view the other with disdain.
Garcia Marquez has often remarked that he views himself as a mestizo and a costeno, both characteristics enabling his formation and development as a writer. Throughout the 19th century, Colombia was threatened by rebellions and civil wars. Another event that has influenced his works is the Banana Strike massacre of The banana trade had its principal manifestations in the UFC, an American outfit that had virtual monopoly on the banana industry, which at the time was the only source of income for many of the Costeno areas including Aracataca — one of the more lamentable examples of Western imperialism that was veiled as prosperity.
The UFC had unlimited economic power and tremendous political cloud, but it was a corrupt and amoral company that exploited its Colombian workers terribly. In October , over native workers went on strike, demanding reasonable payments and basic infrastructure facilities, and good working conditions. The response of the Americans was essentially to ignore their demands. Shortly after the strike began, the Colombian government occupied the banana zone and employed the military as strikebreakers.
One night in December, a huge crowd gathered in Cienaga to hold a demonstration. In order to put an end to that rebellion, the conservative government sent troops, to fire on the unashamed workers and killed hundreds of them over the next few months.
More and more people simply vanished and finally the whole incident was officially denied from its entry into historical documents. Marquez has later incorporated this incident in his most celebrated work One Hundred Years of Solitude. Guerilla armies were organised by both parties and terror swept through the land. Towns and villages were burned and thousands of people were brutally murdered. The violence has later become the backdrop to several novellas and short stories of Marquez, most notably In the Evil Hour.
All the seeds of his future works were planted in the house of his grandparents. Later, Marquez himself has admitted several times that all his writings have been about the experience of the time he has spent with his grandparents.
Like many writers attending college for a subject they despised, Garcia Marquez found that he had absolutely no interest in his studies. He began to run away from classes and neglect his studies.
He himself remembers that his life was changed by a single book. The book had a profound effect on Garcia Marquez; making him aware that literature did not have to follow a straight narrative and unfold along a traditional plot, as his words suggest: Soon after reading the book written by Kafka, Marquez began to read voraciously; devouring everything he gets his hands on.
Gradually he started writing fiction. Later, he has written many stories and all of them were published in news papers. When Marquez was young, he used to write poetry and most of them have a romantic tone. Marquez himself regards those poems as the results of his futile attempts.
But the creative genius of Marquez was evident in those poems: For my sea was the sea eternal Sea of childhood, unforgettable Suspended from our dream Like a Dawn in the river. Marquez decided to abandon his study of law in and he devoted himself to writing. After taking the decision to be a writer, he moved to Barranquilla.
Then he got acquainted with the writings of Hemingway, Joyce, Woolf and most importantly Faulkner. It is from his experience of visiting the place, he wrote his first novella - Leaf Storm. It was in that he got formally engaged with Mercedez Barcha. In , an event occurred in his life which would place him back on the path of literature and eventually led to his temporary exile from Colombia.
It was while living in the Latin Quarter that he got acquainted with the works of Hemingway.
These two works were too far away from his imagined goal, the image he had been developing for years. The Next few years were a period of profound disappointment, nothing much worth, save a film script co-written with Carlos Fuenthes, came out during this period. None of his woks had sold over five hundred copies. So, he felt himself as a failure. In , he got struck with inspiration while driving to Acapulco for a vacation with his family.
And later regarding that illumination, he says: She told things that sounded supernatural and fantastic, but she told them with complete naturalness.
What was the most important was the expression she had on her face. She did not change her expression at all when telling her stories and everyone was surprised. In previous attempts to write, I tried to tell the story without believing it.
The Art of Fiction: An Interview One Hundred Years of Solitude was published in and within a week all copies were sold. It was translated to over two dozen languages and it won four national awards. Marquez was only 39 years old when the world has come to know his name. In , it was published in English and was chosen as the first twelve books of the year in the United States of America. His Autumn of the Patriarch was published in and it was a drastic departure from both the subject and tone of One Hundred Years of Solitude.
In , he was awarded the Nobel Prize, and by that time Marquez became known to every good reader in the world. The story would be about two frustrated lovers and the long time between their courtships. It was in , Love in the Time of Cholera was published before the eagerly waiting world.
There was no question that Garcia Marquez had become a writer with a universal appeal. He published the first part of his autobiography Living to Tell the Tale in And his last fictional work, Memories of My Melancholy Whores, was unveiled in It might be very difficult for us to believe that Marquez has abandoned his memories.
He has said of his early writings: Fragrance of Guava: An Interview In his other works, he has experimented more with the use of traditional approaches of reality, so that the most frightful, the most unusual things are told with the Dead Pan of expression. A commonly cited example is the spiritual ascending into heaven of a character, while she is hanging the laundry out to dry in One Hundred Years of Solitude.
If Kafka made spiritual issue more mysterious by surrounding them with bureaucratic procedure, his Colombian follower changed our perception of Latin America. His works have challenged critics of Colombian literature to step out of the conservative criticism that had been dominant before the emergence of Marquez with his One hundred Years of Solitude.
During the period of Cuban revolution, Marquez went to Bogota to work for a branch of a Cuban news agency. He worked there as a journalist, scriptwriter, and a public relations representative.
In , he began to work for his next novel, when he had to be faithful to the creative genius that started to rule him. He suspended all the activities for a year and a half in order to write his book. But upon its publication in , One Hundred Years of Solitude became an instant sensation. It was acclaimed as the most important Latin American work of fiction.
The novel is set in the fictional town of Mexico, and it tells the story of Buendia family. His next novel the Autumn of the Patriarch was political in nature. It is the tale of a Caribbean tyrant and the corruption of power. The novel describes the same incident from different perspectives.
A year after the publication of this novel, Marquez received Nobel Prize for literature in Love in the Time of Cholera was published in