Popularly known as “Gabo,” Gabriel García Márquez has often been called the peoples’ writer in the Hispanic world. He has been compared to Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevski, Charles Dickens, and, especially, William Faulkner. His rich literary mixtures of myth and fantasy paint a picture of Latin American people not as idealized heros or piteous victims, but as ordinary people in opposition to powerful forces. This opposition García Márquez portrays in his often bawdy and humorous accounts of everyday work, play, and romantic and erotic love. Known for their political radicalism, his novels contain the underpinnings of irreverence toward all things official. A declared foe of Western imperialism, he is recognized as one of the twentieth century’s great political writers. In addition to U.S. imperialists, this 1982 Nobel Prize winner’s satirical targets have included lawyers, doctors, political hierarchies, and church officials. His novels involve such incidents as civil wars, labor strikes, military repression, and heroic revolutions. In a stylistic blend of Caribbean folklore and modernistic Western technique, García Márquez explores life in all its manifestations, even if these manifestations include casual sex, incest, ménage à trois, and even cannibalism.
His work has been translated into at least thirty languages, and censorship problems have followed in the wake of his international success. In 1986, for example, his One Hundred...
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