Gabriel García Márquez, Colombia’s most prolific author, is suffering from dementia, his brother Jaime García Márquez has revealed. The 85 year-old Nobel prize-winning writer, who has lived in Mexico for the past 50 years, is sadly no longer able to write as a result of his condition, and is losing his memory. Jaime reported that the chemotherapy that García Márquez received for lymphatic cancer, which he contracted in 1999, may have brought on an early onset of dementia, which runs in the family.
García Márquez was born in 1927 in Aracataca, on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, to Gabriel Eligio García and Luisa Santiaga Márquez. Aged nine, he moved south to Sucre to be reunited with his parents, who had left him to be raised by his maternal grandparents (until the death of his grandfather in 1936). He studied law, then initially worked as a journalist before turning his hand to writing novels. His first novel, Leaf Storm, was published in 1955, and his last, Memories of My Melancholy Whores, in 2004. His most well-known novels include One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) and Love in the time of Cholera (1985). García Márquez was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982.
Travelers to Colombia can follow in the footsteps of García Márquez by visiting the Casa Museo Gabriel García Márquez in Aracataca, the carefully-restored house where he grew up (and the inspiration for One Hundred Years of Solitude). Another point of interest is the Centro Cultural Gabriel García Márquez in Bogota, a cultural center devoted to the author, which includes a library, art gallery, auditorium, bookstores, cafés, and several open spaces.