One Hundred Years Of Solitude

Author: Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Genre: Fiction

How can any list of must-reads ever be complete without including Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The “greatest Colombian who ever lived”, affectionately called Gabo, is considered by many as one of the greatest writers of the 20th Century. Indeed, he won most of the top Literary awards (Nobel prize for Literature certainly as also Neustadt International prize for literature, often compared with Nobel).

One Hundred Years of Solitude, the epic story of the seven generations of the Beundia family, took Gabriel Garcia Marquez a full 18 months to complete, writing a few hours every day. During this time, he had to sell his car to feed his family, and his wife had to get groceries on credit. But what a success it turned out to be, selling over 50 million copies (a typical bestseller sells ‘only’ 10,000 copies!) and fetching Marquez international fame. Originally published in Spanish in 1967, it was later translated into English and 46 other languages.