The United Nations Educational, Scientifical and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) paid tribute today to the recently deceased Nobel Literature Prize Gabriel García Márquez, Prensa Latina reports.
In a message, the director general of the agency, Irina Bokova, considered the death of the Colombian writer (March 6, 1927-April 17,2014) “a huge loss to the universal culture”.
Besides being a great writer and journalist, García Márquez was a passionate activist for human rights and freedom of information as a driving force for emancipation and democracy, she affirmed.
Bokova highlighted the vast work of the author: One Hundred Years of Solitude, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Love in the Time of Cholera, The General in His Labyrinth, and many others.
“These are songs of love to the boundless reality of Latin America and the Caribbean, from a man who embodied the power of literature to explore reality, its ghosts and myths,” she said.
Gabo died in Mexico, where tribute is being paid today at the Palace of Fine Arts.