Today the world learned of the death of Colombia’s Gabriel García Márquez, considered by many to be the greatest writer in the history of the Spanish-speaking world. Gabo, as he was so affectionately known, was 87 years old. The Nobel Prize winner died in Mexico City.
Two years ago, we published a list of Gabo’s literary works for his 85th birthday. He was and will always be an inspiration to many of the Rebeldes, some of whom point to the following line from Cien años de soledad as the reason they began writing when they were teenagers:
Muchos años después, frente al pelotón de fusilamiento, el coronel Aureliano Buendía había de recordar aquella tarde remota en que su padre lo llevó a conocer el hielo.
Today we shared many posts and tweets about Gabo and what he meant to many of us. What follows are just some of the reactions from our social media community. We let their words speak for us:
About the opening lines of Cien años, one Facebook member told us: “I knew I would finish and love that book as soon as I read those lines.”
Then there were some additional testaments:
“THE GREATEST WRITER EVER. PERIOD. “ONLY GOD KNOWS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU.” ~ LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA”
“He was the original rebel!! Grande maestro grande!!”
“Es la crónica de una muerte anunciada. Hasta siempre.”
“Descansa en Paz, Gabo! Gracias por tu mágica literatura.”
“La vida no es la que uno vivió, sino la que uno recuerda, y cómo la recuerda para contarla. en paz descanse.”
“Macondo está de luto. Vuelan ahora las mariposas amarillas…”
— Un Andino Más (@Ambuica) April 17, 2014
#AdiosGabo, tus novelas servirán de inspiración para los escritores y serán joyas los lectores que gustan de las buenas novela.
— Koke_Marti (@kokesintw) April 17, 2014
— Christian L. Kislo (@LeonelKislo) April 17, 2014
“Cae agua de luna en Macondo, limpia un pecado inmortal.” (“Moonwater falls on Macondo, washing away a immortal sing.”)