Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Gabriel García Márquez's Public Farewell

Update: This was not published by Mr. Marquez, but was attributed to him along the Internet Super highway. It's still worth reading and still inspirational. See full PS at bottom.

Mr. Gabriel García Marquez, the great Latin American writer, has said goodbye to the public life due to complications in his health: lymphatic cancer. A public letter to his friends and fans. He will be missed.

A wonderful site on the author's life, reviews, criticism and about the Nobel Prize he won in 1982 for literature.

To see in full screen, click on the box next to the "30" and click "start presentation" at the upper right of the screen.

PS - Found this out after publishing.

In recent years a chain mail with a text attributed to Márquez has been circulating the Internet, often entitled "A Genius bids Farewell". The text was allegedly written when Márquez learned about his cancer.[110][111]

Mexican researcher Raúl Trejo Delarbre discovered that this text entitled "La Marioneta" was authored by a Mexican ventriloquist called Johnny Welch as a speech for his puppet and eventually circulated the Internet in July 1999 anonymously. Soon after, Julio César Centeno published it in his site, attributing it to Márquez. In March 2000 it was published in a Nicaraguan paper which linked the text with Márquez' cancer.

Márquez said on this: "What hurts me most is the shame to believe that I would have authored such a "cute" text"

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