Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Noble Prize Winning Author, Hospitalized in Mexico

Marquez HospitalizedThe world renowned author of such classic works as 100 Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, has been hospitalized in Mexico City. The report was leaked by two officials who work for the Mexican health ministry. The story was leaked to Reuters on the condition that the two workers would remain anonymous.

Marquez who named the father of “magical realism” when his masterpiece 100 Years of Solitude appeared in 1967. Marquez has said that the tone he adopted for writing that story was a way to write in the language of his grandmother who used to tell him stories. He said that she would tell stories that were filled with fantasy and supernatural occurrences but announced them absolute “naturalness.”

And so Marquez’s novel of the twists and turns, ups and downs, of the fictional village of Macondo through detailing the life of the Buendia family begins describing Colonel Aureliano Buendia facing a firing squad yet thinking back to a day when his father took him to discover ice. The rest of the novel bends time in a similar fashion to carve out a magical landscape.

Marquez was born in Colombia but currently lives in Mexico City. The 87 year old was taken to the hospital on Monday because he was suffering from an infection and dehydration. In a written statement the Secretary of Health in Mexico sad that he was able to respond to treatment and that once he has completed a course of antibiotics he will be considered for discharge.

Gonzalo Marquez, the Noble-laureate’s son, said that there has been nothing that would be considered a medical emergency and that his father never entered an emergency room. Last month Marquez was observed by the press as friends and fans alike brought him cake and flowers to celebrate his 87th birthday. When the author turned 80 Aracataca, Colombia celebrated the event by shooting off 80 fireworks.

The author’s hospitalization does not appear to be the result of any longstanding medical diagnosis. A source close to the family said that Marquez does have many memory problems but that he lives a normal life, although there are good days and bad days.

Marquez won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1982 and his works are by far the best selling works in Spanish. The only book that has outsold Marquez in Spanish is the Bible. Marquez worked for a long time as a journalist, joining such writers as Tom Wolfe and Norman Mailer who took a similar path towards their literary careers.

The Mexican President tweeted that he wishes the world renowned author a “speedy recovery.” He also received well wishes from Colombia where the president also tweeted that the entire nation of Colombia is hoping that Marquez has a speedy recovery.

The man whom friends refer to as “Gabo” has also published many classic short stories, and other novels including The General in His Labyrinth and The Autumn of the Patriarch. For those looking to try some of his short stories, “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World” and A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” are some of the best examples of Marquez’s uniquely magical style.

Marquez will continue to receive antibiotics and other treatment at a hospital close to his home in Mexico City.

By Nick Manai


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