Gabriel Garcia Marquez
(1927-) He is a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist, known affectionately as Gabo throughout Latin America. He left law school for a career in journalism. Many of his works are set in a fictional village called Macondo. The story of his parents, falling in love and getting married although his maternal grand-parents disapproved of this marriage, was later adapted and recast as Love in the Time of Cholera. He was highly influenced by his maternal grandparents, who raised him till he was 9, especially his grandfather, a well-respected colonel. García Márquez began his career as a journalist while studying law at the University of Cartagena. He was denied visas by U.S. immigration authorities due to his outspoken views on U.S. imperialism, until Bill Clinton lifted the ban and claimed "One Hundred Years of Solitude" was his favorite novel. He is considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982, earliest winner of this prize who is still alive. He was a close friend of former Cuban president Fidel Castro. He formed with Mario Vargas Llosa, what became one of the largest feuds in modern literature. "Love in the time of Cholera" was adapted into a movie starring Benjamin Bratt and Javier Bardem.
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