It is rare for an author to win both critical acclaim and the love–fleeting or otherwise– of an international audience. As a pioneer of magical realism and an enchanting storyteller whose works came to define a continent, Gabriel García Márquez was able to reach even deeper: as news spread of his death, individuals around the world gathered to mourn the man whose books changed their lives.
What could follow now is a long list of public figures and their social media tributes, a touching collection of the proclamations made by regular lovers of literature, or a standard synopsis of Mr. García Márquez's life... but there can be no words more moving than those of the man himself. This, after all, is a man who brought magic to reality, and helped us all believe.
On behalf of Agave Magazine: Thank-you, Gabriel García Márquez.
She had just begun when Amaranta noticed that Remedios the Beauty was covered all over by an intense paleness.
"Don't you feel well?" she asked her.
Remedios the Beauty, who was clutching the sheet by the other end, gave a pitying smile.
"Quite the opposite," she said, "I never felt better."
She had just finished saying it when Fernanda felt a delicate wind of light pull the sheets out of her hands and open them up wide. Amaranta felt a mysterious trembling in the lace on her petticoats and she tried to grasp the sheet so that she would not fall down at the instant in which Remedios the Beauty began to rise. Úrsula, almost blind at the time, was the only person who was sufficiently calm to identify the nature of that determined wind and she left the sheets to the mercy of the light as she watched Remedios the Beauty waving good-bye in the midst of the flapping sheets that rose up with her, abandoning with her the environment of beetles and dahlias and passing through the air with her as four o'clock in the afternoon came to an end, and they were lost forever with her in the upper atmosphere where not even the highest-flying birds of memory could reach her.
From One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel García Márquez (1926-2014).