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Gabriel Garcia Marquez a novelist short story writer journalist critic and screenwriter has had international recognition for many years He is included among the group of South American writers who rose to prominence during the 1960s a time often referred to as the boom of Latin American Literature In his short stories and novels Leaf Storm One Hundred Years of Solitude Chronicle of a Death Foretold and The Autumn of the Patriarch he utilizes his background and personal experiences which makes his novels so popular Garcia Marquez was born in Aracataca Colombia on March 6 1928 He lived with his grandparents for the first eight years of his life The storytelling of his grandmother and the myths and superstitions of the townspeople all played major roles in shaping his imagination He enrolled in the University of Bogota in 1947 to study law but when it was shut down in 1948 he transferred to the University of Cartagna working as a journalist for the newspaper El Universal Devoting himself to journalism he ended his law studies in 1950 and 2 moved to Barranquilla to work for the daily paper El Heraldo He then began to write short stories that were published in regional periodicals and soon after became acquainted with the works of authors such as Franz Kafa William Faulker Virginia Woolf and James Joyce Living with his grandparents had a big effect on his later years and in his novels especially the house in which they lived Marquez remembers his grandparents house as a dwelling place of the dead rather than the living In that house there was an empty room where his aunt Petra and uncle Lazarus had died He said My grandparents would sit me down at six in the evening in a corner and say to me Dont move from here because if you do Aunt Petra who
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