47. One Hundred Years of Solitude 1/2 | García Márquez | PodNu Podcasts & Book Insights

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For many countries, it is not a particularly remarkable thing for a writer in their own country to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Of course, the media will report it very enthusiastically, and then the heads of state and various dignitaries will send messages to congratulate, and then the people will be happy.

However, in October 1982, the Nobel Prize in Literature awarded this time was indeed a little different. As soon as the news came out, almost the whole world immediately boiled. The winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature this year was García Márquez. His most famous work is One Hundred Years of Solitude that we introduce today.

So, why do we say he won the Nobel Prize for Literature this year is a little different?

First of all, we saw that the heads of some left-wing governments all over Latin America, or at that time, all over Europe, were very excited. For example, President François Mitterrand, who had just come to power in France at the time, immediately sent a congratulatory message, and even his literary prize committee notified Márquez of the news a day earlier.

Then, on the day of the award, because his home phone was too busy to get through, Castro from Cuba sent his belated telegram the next day congratulating his Latin American hero.

The question is not how much these politicians like Márquez, but the ordinary people. On that day, the taxis on the streets of Columbia, and all the people listening to the radio in their cars, stopped their cars and honked their horns when they heard the news.

Later, a reporter visited a prostitute on the street. The reporter stopped a prostitute and asked her eagerly, "Did you know that there is a Nobel Prize winner Márquez in our country?" The prostitute said, "Of course I do. I have read His book." The reporter asked again: "When did you know he won the award?" The prostitute said: "It was a client who had told me in bed." Later, this answer was considered one of the greatest compliments to the great writer.

At that time, the whole street outside where he lived was so crowded with people that his neighbors came out and said, could it be that Gabo had died? "Gabo" is a Latin American nickname for Márquez. They have a nickname for Márquez, so what kind of emotion is that? They saw the writer as a hero not just for Colombia, but for the people of Latin America as a whole...

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