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A Tribute to Gabriel Garc�a M�rquez

 The Hawk |  2015-01-16 07:27:06.0  0  Comments

When news broke yesterday about the death of Gabriel Garc�a M�rquez, the entire staff of World Literature Today paused to reflect on the legacy of a writer who not only redrew the map of world literature but also added a thousand new colors to illustrate its unknown territories. Garc�a M�rquez received the first of many international awards when he was chosen as the winner of the 1972 Neustadt International Prize for Literature, an award sponsored by WLT, having been nominated by the Icelandic writer Thor Vilhj�lmsson and chosen by an international jury from an illustrious slate of candidates that included future Neustadt laureates Paavo Haaviko and Czes?aw Mi?osz as well as Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Zbigniew Herbert, Octavio Paz, and Nathalie Sarraute. The Summer 1973 issue of Books Abroad (the forerunner of World Literature Today) paid tribute to �Gabo� after he visited Oklahoma to receive the Neustadt Prize in June 1973. To add a few grace notes to the chorus of tributes that began pouring in yesterday evening, we�re reproducing below a personal appreciation of Garc�a M�rquez�s life and work by longtime Books Abroad / WLT editor Ivar Ivask, who inaugurated the Neustadt Prize, and a review of the first installment of Garc�a M�rquez�s memoirs, Living to Tell the Tale,by Edward Waters Hood. � Daniel Simon, WLT Editor in Chief

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