I read “One Hundred Years of Solitude” as a crazy-in-love 18 year old and was swept up by Marquez’s beautiful imagined world that spiraled and stretched into a cyclical expanse of eternal time, where love and tragedy were abundant, family was complex, and of course where magic was real & reality was magical.
In honor of his death, I want to celebrate his vision for…
Here is the the full quote from the closing of his Nobel Lecture, when he received the the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982:
On a day like today, my master William Faulkner said, “I decline to accept the end of man”. I would fall unworthy of standing in this place that was his, if I were not fully aware that the colossal tragedy he refused to recognize thirty-two years ago is now, for the first time since the beginning of humanity, nothing more than a simple scientific possibility. Faced with this awesome reality that must have seemed a mere utopia through all of human time, we, the inventors of tales, who will believe anything, feel entitled to believe that it is not yet too late to engage in the creation of the opposite utopia. A new and sweeping utopia of life, where no one will be able to decide for others how they die, where love will prove true and happiness be possible, and where the races condemned to one hundred years of solitude will have, at last and forever, a second opportunity on earth.