Author Birthday: Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Born March 6, 1927, Columbian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez began his professional career as a journalist forPrensa Latina, the news service created by the regime of Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Two full-length works of fiction, a novella, and a collection of short stories preceded his best known work,100 Years of Solitude, for which he won the Nobel Prize. Other momentous works followed, includingLove in the Time of Cholera, before the gifted author passed away from cancer in 2014. In honor of Marquez, let’s have a quote, shall we?

“If I knew that today would be the last time I’d see you, I would hug you tight and pray the Lord be the keeper of your soul. If I knew that this would be the last time you pass through this door, I’d embrace you, kiss you, and call you back for one more. If I knew that this would be the last time I would hear your voice, I’d take hold of each word to be able to hear it over and over again. If I knew this is the last time I see you, I’d tell you I love you, and would not just assume foolishly you know it already.” —One Hundred Years of Solitude

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