3/6/2018 3:04:37 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
“There is always something left to love,” the Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez wrote in arguably his greatest novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude. Now Google is celebrating what would have been his 91st birthday with a Google Doodle.
Born on March 6, 1927, the Colombian writer, hailed as a giant of 20th century literature, died on April 17, 2014, in Mexico City at the age of 87, but his legacy endures.
Marquez, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982, was a master of the literary genre known as magical realism. In his novels and stories, storms rage for years, flowers drift from the skies, tyrants survive for centuries, priests levitate and corpses fail to decompose. And, more plausibly, lovers rekindle their passion after half a century apart in his memorable novel, Love in the Time of Cholera.
Marquez said he wrote magical realism because that’s how life was in Latin America. “In Mexico, surrealism runs through the streets,” he told the Atlantic in 1973. “Surrealism comes from the reality of Latin America.”
A committed leftist who also worked as a journalist and was a friend of the Cuban leader Fidel Castro, Marquez in his magical realism “expresses a genuinely Third World consciousness”, wrote Salman Rushdie in 1982.
“What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it,” he wrote in his autobiography. Sadly, he lost his memory. Two years before his death, his brother Jaime announced in 2012 that he was suffering from senile dementia.
Gone but not forgotten, Marquez joins a select group of writers celebrated in Google Doodles. The English writer Virginia Woolf was honoured with a Google Doodle on her 136th birthday on January 25 and the South African writer Alan Paton on his 115th birthday on January 18. The Indian writer Mahasweti Devi, who wrote in Bengali, was also honoured with a Google Doodle on her 92nd birth anniversary on January 14, almost two years after her death.