Friday, March 6, 2009

¡Feliz cumpleaños, Gabriel García Márquez!

“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.”

"El secreto de una buena vejez no es otra cosa que un pacto honrado con la soledad."

Today is the 82nd birthday of Colombia's greatest author and Nobel prize winner Gabriel García Márquez. The man, who survived a bout of lymphatic cancer in 1999 (that resulted in one of the great Internet literary hoaxes, the infamous and still widely circulated "Carta de Despedida" or "La Marioneta" poem which Márquez most assuredly DID NOT write), is still with us and, according to The Guardian, is working on another novel -- a love story! According to his friend and fellow writer Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza, the author of Cien Años de Soledad, Love in the Time of Cholera, and other great works, is struggling to come up with a version that satisfies him. "He has four versions of it," Apuleyo says. "He told me that he was now trying to get the best from each of them."

Entonces esperamos que Dios le concede a nuestro hermano colombiano muchos años más para que puede terminar su nueva obra, por que el mundo necesita hablar más del amor y menos de la guerra y de la violencia.

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