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Gabriel Garcia Marquez a novelist shortstory writer journalist critic and screenwriter hashad international recognition for many years He isincluded among the group of South Americanwriters who rose to prominence during the 1960s atime often referred to as the boom of LatinAmerican Literature In his short stories andnovels Leaf Storm One Hundred Years ofSolitude Chronicle of a Death Foretold and TheAutumn of the Patriarch he utilizes hisbackground and personal experiences whichGarcia Marquez was born in AracatacaColombia on March 6 1928 He lived with hisgrandparents for the first eight years of his life Thestorytelling of his grandmother and the myths andsuperstitions of the townspeople all played majorroles in shaping his imagination He enrolled in theUniversity of Bogota in 1947 to study law butwhen it was shut down in 1948 he transferred to theUniversity of Cartagna working as a journalist forthe newspaper El Universal Devoting himself tojournalism he ended his law studies in 1950 and moved to Barranquilla to work for the daily paper El Heraldo He then began to write short storiesthat were published in regional periodicals andsoon after became acquainted with the works ofauthors such as Franz Kafa William Faulker Living with his grandparents had a bigeffect on his later years and in his novels especiallythe house in which they lived Marquez remembershis grandparents house as a dwelling place of thedead rather than the living In that house there wasan empty room where his aunt Petra and uncleLazarus had died He said My grandparentswould sit me down at six in the evening in acorner and say to me Dont move from herebecause if you do Aunt Petra who is in her roomwill come or I always stayed sitting Minta 34 In the same manner his first novelLeaf Storm featured a little boy as a character thatthrough the whole novel sat in a small chair Chronicle of a Death Foretold deals with anepisode
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