This month in Between the Lines Book Club we are discussing Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Marquez’s writing had a huge influence on fiction not only in Latin America but across the world.
Gabriel Jose de la Concordia Garcia Marquez was born in 1927 in Columbia. He was raised by his grandparents for his first ten years of life, and then by his parents. Gabriel’s parents, Gabriel (Sr) and Luisa, had a turbulent romance. Luisa’s father disapproved of Gabriel Sr., but he won Luisa with countless letters and with violin serenades – a courtship that became part of Love in the Time of Cholera.
Garcia Marquez worked at several different newspapers as a journalist, columnist, and film critic. He was active in politics, exposing corruption in his series “The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor” and assisting i the overthrow of Venezuelan president Marcos Perez Jiminez. In 1958 he married Mercedes Baracha. They had two sons together.
Garcia Marquez’s first novel was One Hundred Years of Solitude, a novel which was inspired by his Grandparent’s household. It was an instant hit and gave him international fame. His books include fiction, non-fiction (News of a Kidnapping), and memoir (Living to Tell the Tale). He also wrote film and television screenplays. In 1982 he received the Nobel Prize for literature, because of “his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent’s life and conflicts”.
The author passed away in 2014, from pneumonia, at the age of 87.