Monday, July 09, 2012

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Gabriel Garcia Marquez is now suffering from dementia and will not write again. It is a desperate illness. It afflicted my grandmother and her mind simply disintegrated. All connection with reality disappears. Only a void is left. For someone like Garcia Marquez, a man of incredible inventiveness, this is a terrible way for things to end. One Hundred Years of Solitude remains one of my favourite books, particularly the last few pages, which opened my eyes to what literature can do. The man was a genius.

1 comment:

Georgia said...

This is the first I've heard of this, and I'm so sorry to hear it. He's one of my favorites. I discovered Marquez in college at the same time I started reading Steinbeck. I still enjoy Strange Pilgrims.

~ Georgia