Garcia Marquez and China: Literary master widened Chinese horizons

Gabriel García Márquez in Monterrey in 2007Gabriel García MárquezGabriel Garcia Marquez, who died on Thursday at the age of 87, was arguably the most-read contemporary foreign writer in China in more than three decades.

In the early 1980s, his works triggered a new literary trend – the root-searching school of writing – and since then he has become an icon for his readers.

Chinese Nobel laureate in literature Mo Yan, once known as the “Chinese Garcia Marquez”, is among his fans. Mo said he has tried to escape the Spanish-language writer’s influence for 20 years.

“Since the 1960s, no other books have had such an extensive and lasting influence in the world as One Hundred Years of Solitude,” Mo told Tencent Culture on Thursday.

Garcia Marquez was a talented writer who created a unique style “that made him immortal”, Mo said.

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