"one Hundred Years Of Loneliness"
(Gabriel García Márquez)
Barranquilla, October 15th, 2005. ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF LONELINESS. When Gabriel García Márquez started writing One Hundred years of Loneliness he was unemployed in Paris and it was Mercedes, his wife, who worked as a maid. With such a low income, the couple managed to survive two winters, while the writer produced the most important book for Colombian literature and the most known of Latinamerican literature, responsible for the famous Boom that turned the world's eyes to these American lands where Spanish is spoken. Paradoxically, it was the crude winters that inspired in García Márquez a happy longing for the burning climate of his natal town, Aracataca; and, without a doubt, this region of the Colombian Caribbean is responsible for the birth of the magic place, part of universal literature now, called Macondo, where the story of the Buendía family happens and its components take their names and their voices (Úrsula, Aureliano, Memé, Amaranta, Remedios, Melquíades, Santa Sofía de la Piedad, Gerineldo, Petra Cotes...) everywhere in the world. It is paradoxical that García Márquez, numb wiht cold in his attic in Paris, starts his story narrating how Colonel Aureliano Buendía faces the execution squad and remembers that when he was still a kid his father took him to see ice. It is easy to guess that in those moments the author couldn't even dream that his uncertain work that he was writing with such penury, would lead him to receive the Nobel prize for Literature from the Sweedish Achademy years later, and to state proudly before that audience, that the peples condemned to one hundred years of loneliness have a right to a second chance in the land of Abelardo.