Gabriel García Márquez on Writing “100 Years of Solitude”
Video: Democracy Now! via YouTube.
Gabriel García Márquez, widely referred to as one of the greatest writers of the 20th Century, passed away in Mexico last Thursday, April 17, at the age of 87. It has been reported that only the Bible has sold more copies in the Spanish language than the works of García Márquez, and his book One Hundred Years of Solitude has not only sold millions of copies and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982, it is also considered one of the masterful examples of the literary genre known as magical realism.
In this video, Democracy Now! reflects on García Márquez’s life and presents an excerpt from a speech he gave after the one millionth copy of One Hundred Years of Solitude was sold. García Márquez tells the story of writing his famous novel, and the myriad challenges he and his wife Mercedes overcame in the process.