García Márquez’s Work to Be Used to Help Rehabilitate Puerto Rican Prisoners

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The works of late Colombian author and journalist Gabriel García Márquez will be used as a tool to help rehabilitate Puerto Rican prisoners, the island’s secretary of state, David Bernier, said on Thursday, as The Latin American Herald Tribune reports.

He said that the initiative was the result of collaboration with the Colombian consulate in Puerto Rico “to strengthen the literature programs” at the island’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Bernier said that prize-winning Puerto Rican author Juan Lopez Bauza will also hold reading workshops in schools and prisons on the island with the aim of helping rehabilitate the prisoners.

In a communique, he added that after the inmates read the books of Garcia Marquez they will form reading clubs with other prisoners in prisons elsewhere on the island to work on better understanding the texts.

He also emphasized that another element in the project is for prisoners to be able to visit “the country’s schools to motivate students with the richness of literature.”

As part of the initiative, two collections of books will be donated, one to University Gardens High School in San Juan and the other to San Carlos High School in Aguadilla, in northeastern Puerto Rico. A women’s prison and a men’s prison will also receive books.

“Reading is an enriching element of growth as a human being,” said DCR secretary Jose Negron Fernandez, who added that the essay-writing and reading abilities that some inmates have developed while incarcerated will be able to be transmitted to students so that that they can get motivated “to cultivate the dedication to reading.”

Garcia Marquez died on April 17 in Mexico at age 87. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982 and published a number of well-known books including “Chronicle of a Death Foretold,” “Love in the Time of Cholera” and “One Hundred Years of Solitude.”

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