Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez aka Gabo gave Magic Realism another meaning altogether, and was known as the best practitioner of the genre. The Colombian novelist was also a poet, short-story writer, screen writer and journalist. And today, what would have been the 91st birthday of the writer, is being celebrated by Google in a doodle.
Google has illustrated and a described the settings in Marquez’ Hundred Years of Solitude in the doodle, and in the most beautiful words possible. The illustration brings to life the magical city of Macondo from the book.
Google describes the illustration in the blog saying, “Deep in the Amazonian jungle, through the lush green canopy and multi-hued vibrance of the hot and humid rainforest, look carefully and you might catch a glimpse of a city of mirrors; a city separated from the world by an expanse of water and yet reflecting everything in and about it; a city that is home to the Buendia family and the site of strange otherworldly happenings. Here, little fish made of pure gold dazzle the eye; large yellow butterflies flit through the flowers; a train chugs along once in a blue moon; and the only visitors are the all-knowing, mysterious gypsies who come bearing strange tales.”
Márquez was born in Aracataca, Colombia, and is considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century. In his long literary career, he wrote over 25 books, most of which teleported readers into a world of magical realism where they find themselves in the lush, humid tropics.
The writer is also credited for some of his non-fictional works that eloquently document the times that he lived in, ‘News of a Kidnapping’ being among the most famous of these.
May his star continue to shine brightly over the literary and journalistic world. Happy birthday Gabo!