Gabriel Garcia Marquez was born on 6 March 1927 in Aractaca, Colombia, and died on 17 April 2014 in Mexico City, aged 87.
He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982 for a body of work that includes novels, works of non-fiction and collections of short stories.
His most famous works include Leaf Storm (1955), In Evil Hour (1962), One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), The Autumn of the Patriarch(1975), Chronicle of a Death Foretold (1981), Love in the Time of Cholera (1985), The General in His Labyrinth (1989), News of a Kidnapping (1996), Living to Tell the Tale (2002) and Memories of My Melancholy Whores (2004).
'Marquez writes in this lyrical, magical language that no-one else can do.' Salman Rushdie
'Marquez is a retailer of wonders.' Sunday Times
'An exquisite writer, wise, compassionate and extremely funny.' Sunday Telegraph
'An imaginative writer of genius.' Guardian
'The stories are rich and startling, confident and eloquent. They are magical.' John Updike
'One of this century's most evocative writers.' Anne Tyler<
Pipes and kettledrums herald the arrival of gypsies on their annual visit to Macondo, the newly founded village where Jos© Arcadio Buenda and his strong-willed wife, rsula, have started their new life. As the mysterious Melquades excites Aureliano Buenda's father with new inventions and tales of adventure, neither can know the significance of the indecipherable manuscript that the old gypsy passes into their hands.