Top Picks: Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a talented Colombian journalist, novelist, short story writer and screenwriter, is recognized as one of the most important authors of the 20th century in Spanish-language literature. As March 6 would have been his 90th birthday, now is a great time to pick up one of his books.

As a longtime fan, I'm happy to share my top picks to help you get started or to revisit his work.

Among Garcia Marquez's best-known novels are One Hundred Years of Solitude, which describes the rise and fall of a town through one family and was translated into more than 30 languages, and Love in the Time of Cholera, which was adapted into an English-language movie of the same name in 2007.

To go more in-depth, explore these titles by or about the Nobel Prize-winning author:

Gabriel García Márquez: This authorized biography of Garcia Marquez includes a good description of his novels and his political points of view—and 16 pages of photos.

The General in His Labyrinth: This novel examines the life and adventures of General Simon Bolivar, an important hero and liberator in South America.

Of Love and Other Demons: A love story set in the 18th century, this novel presents a prohibited love between an aristocrat and a priest.

Relato de un náufrago: If you read Spanish, enjoy this narrative story where Garcia Marquez describes the adventures of a sailor and his survival in the ocean for 10 days.

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