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Nobel writer Garcia Marquez hospitalized in Mexico

Rodneil Quiteles
Nobel writer Garcia Marquez hospitalized in Mexico
Gabriel Garcia Marquez goes to the hospital to receive treatment for a lung infection

MEXICO CITY, Mexico – Colombia’s Nobel Prize-winning writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez was being treated at a Mexico City hospital for a lung infection Thursday, April 4, his son and officials said.

The health ministry said the 87-year-old author of “One Hundred Years of Solitude” has been in a hospital since Monday due to dehydration as well as lung and urinary tract infections.

The novelist “has responded to treatment and once he finishes taking antibiotics, his discharge will be examined,” the ministry said in a statement.

His son, Gonzalo Garcia Barcha, said his father was doing “very well and progressing very well” and could be discharged from the capital’s National Medical Science and Nutrition Institute early next week.

“He had a small infection a few days ago and we preferred to take him to the hospital because he is older,” Garcia Barcha told reporters.

“It was never an emergency,” he said, adding that his father was conscious.

Garcia Barcha denied reports that his father, who made Mexico City his home more than three decades ago, had pneumonia.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said he was informed about the hospitalization, writing on Twitter: “I wish him a speedy recovery.”

Garcia Marquez made his last public appearance on March 6, when he came out of his house to greet journalists who visited him for his birthday.

The author smiled, accepted gifts and posed for photographs, but he did not speak to reporters.

Magical realism

Winner of the 1982 Nobel literature prize, Garcia Marquez pioneered the storytelling genre known as magical realism, writing epic stories of love, family and dictatorship in Latin America.

Known affectionately as “Gabo,” the author of “Love in the Time of Cholera” became the most read Latin American author in the world and the godfather of a literary movement in a continent in turmoil.

Garcia Marquez was born on March 6, 1927, in the village of Aracataca on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. His father was a telegraph operator.

He was raised by his grandparents and aunts in a tropical culture with a heritage colored by a mix of Spanish settlers, indigenous populations and black slaves.

His most famous novel, “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” was translated into 35 languages and sold more than 30 million copies.

The book, published in 1967, is a historical and literary saga about a family from the imaginary Caribbean village of Macondo between the 19th and 20th century.

He has lived in Mexico for years with his wife, Mercedes Barcha, mother of his two children.

The Nobel Committee awarded him the 1982 prize “for his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent’s life and conflicts.”

His other books include “Chronicle of a Death Foretold,” published in 1981, and his 2002 autobiography “Living to Tell the Tale.”

Diagnosed with lymphatic cancer in 1999, Garcia Marquez has seldom appeared in public in recent years.

His last novel to date is “Memories of My Melancholy Whores,” published in 2004. – Rappler.com

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