We’re always up for writing, creating stories, for using our imagination to create great and literary wonders, that let minds fly into other worlds, just by the magnificence of words and the magic it can create. Today around the world, there is a celebration for the birth of a literary genius, who changed the world of fantasy and real writing, a man who did not only write, but won the most desired award for a writer, the Nobel Prize of literature. This talented man was no other than the Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Born on March 6th of 1927 on a small town, at the coast of Colombia, in Magdalena Gabriel Garcia Marquez is one of the few people born and raised in Colombia, that have obtained international recognition for their talents, like Shakira, Carlos Vives, Juanes, amongst others. Gabriel García Márquez learned to write at the age of five, at the Montessori school in Aracataca, with the beautiful young teacher Rosa Elena Fergusson, whom he fell in love with: she was the first woman who disturbed him. Every time he approached her, he wanted to kiss her, and only because he saw her did he go to school with pleasure. Rosa Elena instilled punctuality and the habit of writing directly on the pages, without a draft. Since that point forward, he kept on writing, creating novel after novel, many which became quite famous through out Latin America.
One day in 1966 when he was heading from Mexico City to the Acapulco resort, Gabriel García Márquez had the sudden vision of the novel he had been ruminating for seventeen years.
In 1967 appeared One Hundred Years of Solitude, a novel whose universe is a succession of fantastic stories perfectly woven into a cyclical and mythical time: insomnia pestilences, floods, excessive fertility, levitations ... It is a great metaphor in which, at the same time that tells the story of the generations of the Buendía in the magical world of Macondo, from the founding of the town to the complete extinction of the lineage, is reflected in a hyperbolic and insurmountable way the Colombian history from the times of independence to the years thirty of the twentieth century.
One hundred years of solitude deserved this judgment of the great Chilean poet Pablo Neruda: "It is the best novel that has been written in Spanish after Don Quixote". With such a qualified concept everything has been said: the novel not only allowed its author to be equated with Miguel de Cervantes, but it was a milestone in the literary history of Latin America to be identified as one of the best narrative achievements since the times of Don Quixote of the Stain. The success among the public accompanied this assessment: it is among the books with the most translations (at least forty languages) and the highest sales it has achieved, reaching the figures of a true worldwide bestseller.
Today at Shirts House, we have created T-shirts to celebrate this Colombian genius that has captured our minds with his amazing stories, that founded the magic realism.
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