Gabo always knew he would win the Nobel

In his memoirs, Gabo remembers the day he told his mother that he would not study for a degree, because the only thing he wanted in life was to be a writer. he always looked for it

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Gabriel García Márquez (Gabo) was always aware that he would be a Nobel Prize for Literature. It was his irremediable destiny. His premature vocation in his childhood with his grandfather in Aracataca and the subsequent rigor to write until his last days opened the way to the immortality of letters. He forged his genius with effort and was a superior being, as Enrique Santos Calderón described him.

In his memoirs, Gabo remembers a dialogue with his mother, due to the insistence of the father of the future Nobel Prize winner for him to study a career. So what do I tell your dad? Tell him that all I want in life is to be a writer, and that I am going to be.

“He was always an awake, brilliant young man with a sharpness superior to that of all of us,” says Gilberto Arteta, a classmate. And another teacher said about Gabo: “This shit is good.” From the beginning, Gabriel García Márquez defined his final. He knew what he wanted.

Even his official biographer, Gerald Martinin the documentary Gabo, the magic of reality, admits that the novelist had been fully convinced since he was 20 years old that he would be the Nobel Prize for Literature. I still think so, I don’t have conclusive proof, but I don’t have any doubts either. My idea is absolutely legitimate.

It’s been 40 years of glory. October 21, 1982, is perhaps one of the most joyous days in the history of Colombia. That very early Thursday Gabriel García Márquez received a call from Stockholm that changed everything: he became the new Nobel Prize for Literature.

The 18 lifetime juries of the Swedish Academy of Letters, whom García Márquez himself questioned, voted unanimously for the Colombian novelist, they did not hesitate for a moment before the Masterpiece of the Macondo universe: “One Hundred Years of Solitude”.

I am sure that the Colombian writer criticized them so that his relentless dream of being a Nobel would come true and he let it be seen in cryptic phrases: “His criteria is unpredictable, contradictory, immune even to omens, and his decisions are secret, supportive and unappealable. . No one like them looks so much like death.

Many times he wrote about issues related to the Nobel, on another occasion he stated: “Exceptionally, the Nobel Prize for Literature to an author of innumerable merits.

In addition, he had the superstition that the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature did not last long alive, he even reviewed a statistic, that only 7 years after the award, they died. It was not the case of Gabo, death came 32 years after receiving the award.

And he never changed his chronicle of the birth of his pinnacle novel: “At 38 years old and with four books published since I was 20 years old, I sat down at my typewriter and began: ‘Many years later, facing the firing squad, the Colonel Aureliano Buendía had to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.’

“I had no idea of ​​the meaning or origin of that phrase or where it should lead me. What I know today is that I didn’t stop writing for 18 months until I finished the book.”

But before the euphoria there was rejection. Two publishers did not want to publish One Hundred Years of Solitude, Seix Barral considered it unsaleable and another firm considered that the novel exaggerated in poetry. Until, finally, Sudamericana de Argentina, took the risk that translated into pure gold.

And let’s not forget that, even Gabo’s own wife, Mercedes Barcha, her doubts about the work and before sending it to Argentina in parts, managed to say: “Hey, Gabo, now the only thing missing is that this novel is bad.”

And it was not bad, an achievement invincible by time, that the new generations will remember forever. The conviction of a Colombian who never gave up on his dreams and left us not only lasting works, but something better: Believing that we are capable of the unimaginable.

Gabriel García Márquez is magic and reality. The fantastic literary world of him turned him into a myth. We were since then and forever, reason for a universal look. And he taught us that we can search tirelessly for a second chance on earth. The Nobel Prize for Literature found Gabo, because Gabo always looked for him.

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Gabo always knew he would win the Nobel