Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez a Champion for Latin American Solitude
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The works of the late 1982 Columbian literary Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garica Marquez reflect not only the sentiments of postcolonial Columbians, but also the surreal realities lived by Latin Americans in the New World. This surreal reality is what Marquez has become synonymous with — magic realism. The literary genre, magic realism, can be found in Marquez’s books and short stories such as 100 Years of Solitude and “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings”. Literary critics and audience alike have marveled at how Marquez masterfully connected the ethereal and the mundane with such precision in diction and syntax that the narratives seem more than commonplace but actually feasible and tangible. In Marquez’s Nobel Prize Lecture, he champions the…show more content… Foremost, in the early 1980s, Latin America was still in need of assistance and they were fighting for survival economically amid a massive economic depression. After the occupation of power by militant dictators in the mid-20th century, most Spanish-speaking countries, particularly Cuba like Columbia, experienced economic hardship both from internal and external powers. Additionally, the passage contends the concept that Latin America is in a state of solitude, in which leads to a form of solidarity amongst the Latin American community. Furthermore, he also argues that whites figuratively use the yard stick to measure the capabilities of Latin America. The points of this lecture capitalize on his beliefs and concepts while contending that his work exemplify the experiences of the Latin American.
Marquez’s lecture promulgates Marquez’s notion that with solitude came their undefined, mythical culture. In fact, Marquez’s experiences as a child with his grandparents solidify that notion. Marquez’s grandmother raised him and in his childhood she told him fantastical stories; likewise, Marquez’s grandfather raised him, too, and told him horrific stories of his experience fighting in the Thousand Days War. Both accounts inspired Marquez’s magic realism and the significance of the stories asserts itself in the Nobel Laureate’s discussion of Latin culture and politics. As Marquez discusses Latin culture in his lecture he affirms his notion of solitude birthing