Birthplace of Colombian Nobel García Márquez to get library for his works

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A report by Erik Galbadon for Bogotá’s City Paper.

Colombia’s Minister of Culture, Mariana Garcés Cordoba has announced the construction of a municipal library in Aracataca, birthplace of Nobel Laureate Gabriel García Márquez.

The Biblioteca that will proudly bear his name will benefit the 27,000 inhabitants of this small town, located on Colombia’s Caribbean coast and immortalized in many of his novels, short stories and essays. Nestled in a banana-growing region, once owned by the United Fruit Company, Aracataca is the setting for García Márquez’s fictional “Macondo”- a place where what is perceived to be magical is real, and what is real is, indeed, magical.

In coordination with the mayoralty of Aracataca, the Ministry of Culture has set aside $520 million pesos (US$190,000) for the construction of a building that will house the literary collection of “Gabo,” the name by which the Literature Nobel is fondly referred to as…

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