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The Writer’s Almanac for March 6, 2017: Winter, Spring

Mar. 6, 2017: birthday: Gabriel García Márquez

Today is the birthday of Nobel Prize-winning Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez (books by this author), born in Aracataca, Colombia (1927). Márquez is considered to be both one of the best writers of the 20th century and one of the best Spanish-language novelists. His major works One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) and Love in the Time of Cholera (1985) popularized magical realism, which introduced fantastical elements into otherwise realistic plotlines. Márquez allowed most of his novels to be adapted into films, with the notable exception of One Hundred Years of Solitude. He offered the rights to acclaimed film producer Harvey Weinstein once on the condition that they “film the entire book, but only release one chapter — two minutes long — each year, for 100 years.” To everyone else, he flatly refused. “They would cast someone like Robert Redford,” Márquez said, “and most of us do not have relatives who look like Robert Redford.”