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Where to start reading Gabriel Garcia Márquez’s books

From novels to short stories and speeches, here's our guide to reading the work of one of the best known Colombian writers in the world.

Gabriel Garcia Márquez's books on a yellow and pale blue background.
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Widely considered one of the greatest writers of the 20th Century, Gabriel García Márquez was a journalist and short story writer as well as a novelist.

He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982, “for his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent’s life and conflicts”. By this point he’d published one of his two most famous novels.

If you’ve not come across his work before, or have only read one of his novels, here’s our guide to the work by Márquez that you need to read. 

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