Apr 9 2014, 8:56am CDT | by Sumayah Aamir
Gabriel Garcia Marquez is back in his home sweet home in Mexico City after a brief hospitalization partly due to dehydration. Yet the author of “One Hundred Years of Solitude” and “Love in the Time of Cholera” is in a precarious state as far as his health is concerned.
To a large extent this has to do with his advanced age. Marquez is 87 years old. However, he is a hardy man and is expected to convalesce soon enough from the temporary condition. His entire family has assured the media that the old man is recovering just fine.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez is known for his works in the realm of magic realism, which is the preferred genre of many other postmodern novelists (Salman Rushdie comes to mind). Marquez was taken to his residence in an ambulance. His home was guarded by police and the press was there too.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, or “Gabo” as is his nickname, has been an acclaimed author on an international level for his interesting and thought-provoking literary works. The man is a living legend and proof of the power of words as healing agents.
He brushed off the journalists gathered outside the hospital with the words “Get back to work!” which though rather rude was meant in good faith. Garcia’s works combine reality and the fantastic in an infinitely complex amalgam that lends them a rich and opulent aura. His books are like many-faceted gems. He contracted lymphatic cancer a few years ago and also is said to have fits of dementia.
His brother Jaime spoke of this with a lot of sadness and also said that he often cried tears of anguish while contemplating the inescapable fact that Gabriel was losing his memory. He also dispelled any rumors regarding the genius author’s deathbed by saying that some of the things you hear are just not true.
In 2012, his brother Jaime García Márquez said: "He has problems with his memory. Sometimes I cry because I feel like I'm losing him. The fact is there are lots of comments. Some are true, but they're always filled with morbid details. Sometimes you get the sense they'd rather he were dead, as if his death were some great news."
Source: The Rumpus
Source: Albany Public Library
Source: The Rumpus
Source: Today in Literature
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