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18:00 - 20:00 19 November 2015
Film screening: Gabo, the magic of reality
Lecture Theatre 103 |
UCL – Institute of the Americas
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom
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How did a boy from a backward town on the Caribbean coast become a writer who won the hearts of millions, from the poorest to the most powerful, with a life's work that helped change our perception of reality?
Drawing on a wealth of archive material, this documentary traces the inspirational story of Gabriel Garcia Marquez ('Gabo' as he is affectionately known throughout Latin America), lauded as perhaps the best writer in Spanish since Cervantes, winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature, and author of the critically acclaimed masterpiece 'One Hundred Years of Solitude'.
Growing up in the poverty and violence of northern Colombia, he was motivated by a love of life, as well as an earthy and mysterious sensibility. He pioneered a new, life-affirming genre of literature, and through his militant journalism, and friendships with leaders like Fidel Castro and Bill Clinton, was at the forefront of the political struggles of the Seventies and Eighties.
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