Happy 50th to Gabriel García Márquez’s ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’

Image courtesy of the Harry Ransom Center

You read it in high school or college or after or maybe just last week and it probably changed your life, a whole lot or just a little bit. And it turns 50 today.

May 30 is the 50th anniversary of Gabriel García Márquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” one of the most important novels of the late 20th century. It sold more than 30 million copies in dozens of languages and remains a crucial part of the Spanish-language canon.

The the Colombian-born, Nobel Prize–winning Márquez, who died in 2014 was a journalist, screenwriter, and key figure in 20th century Latin American history and politics.

As the the Ransom Center holds Márquez’s papers, the Center is celebrating the anniversary by releasing an online collection that documents the genesis of the novel from draft to literary classic.

The collection is online in English and Spanish.

And if you start to read it today, do yourself a favor and xerox the family tree in the front so you don’t have to keep flipping back. You will thank me later.

Author: Joe Gross

Joe Gross has covered books, movies, music and culture for the American-Statesman since 2002. He tweets at @joegross.

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