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The Magical World Of Garcia Marquez.

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By MANOJ KUMARIn his world the demarcation between fact and fiction, reality and fantasy, dreams and consciousness disappear. Everyday characters and incidents look magical and magical spell look very real. His world is far form reality and yet nobody has probably depicted the reality as faithfully as he has. Welcome to the very world of García Márquez. The celebrated Latin American writer and winner of the Nobel Prize who was shot to fame with his magnum opus One Hundred Years of Solitude.Born on March 6, 1928, in Aracata, Colombia, a small town with exotic locations. He was the first of sixteen children born to Gabriel Eligio García, a telegraph operator, and his wife, Luisa Santiaga Márquez Iguarán. Soon after his birth, the family left Aracata, leaving him at the care of his maternal grandparents. So it was in his ancestral town where he spent most of his childhood. The rural setting of his village and influence of his maternal grandparents germinated the first seeds of creativity in his mind. His village provided the setting of the most of his novels and his grandparents introduced to him the raw material of his characters and themes that later shaped his novels. His grandmother, Tranquilina Iguarán Cotes, told him the stories of ghosts and supernatural elements as if they were real. It was the same technique and style that he employed in his novels thirty years later. And his grandfather, Colonel Nicolás Márquez Iguarán, told the boy equally fantastic stories based on his participation in the Colombian civil. Most of the experiences and character narrated by his grandfather find their place in his works specially in his novel No One Writes to the Colonel. Later García Márquez would write: "I feel that all my writing has been about the experiences of the time I spent with my grandparents."After schooling in his native town, where he acquired the reputation of a writer, though without writing anything significant, he joined university in Bogotá to study law following his parents' wishes. It was during this time that García Márquez met his future wife, Mercedes Barcha Pardo, a dark and silent, of Egyptian decent. She was "the most interesting person" he had ever met.As happen with great writers, García Márquez had absolutely no interest in his studies. Soon he was found reading poetry instead of law and associated himself with literary and journalistic circle of the city. It was reading of Kafka's The Metamorphosis that changed his life completely. He realized that serious literature could be based on ideas as fantastic as his own. He once said in an interview "I thought to myself that I didn't know anyone was allowed to write things like that. If I had known, I would have started writing a long time ago." Other writes who influenced that young writer to be were Hemingway, Joyce, Woolf, and most importantly, Faulkner and Sophocles....

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