Google celebrates Gabriel Garcia Marquez with a doodle.

Google celebrates Gabriel Garcia Marquez with a doodle.

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Johnson Cherian.
Google is celebrating Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s 91st birth anniversary with a colourful doodle recreating the “magical city of Macondo” from his novel One Hundred Years of Solitude.
Acknowledged as one of the greatest writers in recent times, Marquez was a novelist, short story writer, and a journalist. His literary works have earned him comparisons with the likes of Mark Twain.
Born in Aracataca, Colombia in 1927, he was popularly known as Gabo. He received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1982 for his many novels and short stories. In his acceptance speech he described the world of Latin America as a “source of insatiable creativity, full of sorrow and beauty, of which this roving and nostalgic Colombian is but one cipher more, singled out by fortune. Poets and beggars, musicians and prophets, warriors and scoundrels, all creatures of that unbridled reality, we have had to ask but little of imagination, for our crucial problem has been a lack of conventional means to render our lives believable.”
He also produced many non-fiction narratives which became known as “New Journalism”. He founded the Iberoamerican Foundation for New Journalism in 1994, which helps train people in investigative journalism across Latin America.
Known for having strong political views, his work has been translated in many languages. One Hundred Years of Solitude sold some 50 million copies in more than 25 languages. Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Love in the Time of Cholera, The General in His Labyrinth and Autumn of the Patriarch, are among his other contemporary classics.
His last work, Memories of My Melancholy Whores was published in 2004. Considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century, Gabriel died on April 17, 2014.

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