the truth well told

With this title and under the protection of a finely crafted prose, the notable journalist, teacher and researcher Darío Fernando Patiño, has produced a documented interactive book (21 QR codes, with videos and interviews) on the journalistic, literary and essay work of our award. Nobel Prize Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

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There, he consigns news of both the creative work of the Nobel and his mobility in the sociohistorical contexts of local and planetary color; his long hours of confinement and solitude to rewrite history from his perspective, including his moments of glory and the syntactic design with which the columnist, reporter, portrait painter, teacher and businessman structured all his work.

Darío Fernando was Gabo’s partner in the direction of the TV news program QAP (1992-1997) and there they established a camaraderie of fraternal formative exchanges from the intellectual and professional fields. The different chapters that make up the text are linked by a kind of communicating vessels or common denominators: it plays in the immeasurable space of the metaverse between history and writing.

With both instruments, he travels, like an obsession, through artistic and literary imaginaries, the role played by his best friends from the first years of production, his aesthetic thought and his monumental cultural memory, until the moment of his death (04-17-2014 ), at age 87 in Mexico City.

Patiño —he moves with the security, precision and firmness of the best connoisseurs of Gabo—, is sharp in his analysis and tremendously sensitive to the personal and historical events that surrounded the life of the eminent coastal writer. Both situations were studied in this book, in which the critical analysis of his work alternates with the narrative of his private biography.

Darío Fernando, by surpassing the legend, surprises the reader with unsuspected aspects of the writer’s life and enters into revealing statements of his privacy.

In this modern editorial production, Patiño not only collected and verified the veracity of popular ‘dimes y diretes’, but also verified with ‘gabologists’ the many circulating versions on the same subject, such as the day the liberal leader Jorge Eliécer Gaitán was assassinated in Bogotá and the impressive social upheaval witnessed by García Márquez, a catastrophe that “ospinolaureanism”, from the government, caused to the incipient Colombian democracy.

Thus, Darío Fernando interviewed Álvaro Mutis, Antonio Caballero, Juan Gossaìn, Héctor Abad, Juan Leonel Giraldo and Alberto Abello, among other of his colleagues who participated not only in his creative process, but also accompanied García Márquez in the most dissimilar moments. of its existence. Each of whom made substantial contributions to the concerns raised by the researcher for his book.

Darío Fernando, by surpassing the legend, surprises the reader with unsuspected aspects of the writer’s life and enters into revealing statements of his privacy and the key moments of his intellectual biography.

He visited the usual meeting places: theaters, hotels, restaurants, bars, museums and public libraries where film producers, journalists, poets, sculptors, painters, lazy and anarchists, gollillas and curious well-intentioned and ill-intentioned after the growing intellectual fame used to meet. of the character.

In these institutions, highly attended by cultural circles, long gatherings were set up to “unearth” elites and make jokes about political processes under the lee of García Márquez’s sharp humor, always on the lips.

Gabito was in these places —as his closest colleagues called him— feeding his creative processes and to which tourists and famous European and North American intellectuals began to arrive, eager to learn anecdotes of genius and, also, to discover at that age the hidden constellation that it would govern the great events of his life and his thought. So, Patiño’s thinking intuition is dedicated to reconstructing stellar moments of the writer.

Patiño —supported by the Externado de Colombia University, a prestigious academic center, from which he graduated in social communication and journalism—, set out to organize an appropriate semantic fabric for both students and professional writers, in which this ‘life space’ would be integrated. ‘, appropriating minute details from the early years of journalistic practice and that particular flight of intelligence of who would be the greatest novelist in our history and one of the best in the world.

The admiration and affection that the author expresses for Gabo are evident in these select pages, which do not contain an iota of false flattery or false idolatry. There is, yes, a careful scrutiny of the social and intellectual contexts that surround the activity of our Nobel and the national moment.


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the truth well told