Political commitment has always accompanied the literary career of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who despite his close relationship with Fidel Castro has always denied being a communist, although his friend Pliny Apuleyo Mendoz said that once confessed his desire that the world was "socialist, and I – said – that sooner or later it will be." – "Gabo intended for a socialism system of progress, freedom and relative equality," said Mendoza, trying to explain the political concerns of the Colombian Nobel Prize winner, who died at 87 years old, beyond simple labels or political affiliations. After all, Garcia Marquez has always insisted on the fact that it has never been registered in any party. The political ideas of the author of "One Hundred Years of Solitude" are inseparable from the history of Colombia, and – like his literary style – the influence of his paternal grandparents, Nicolas Marquez Mejia and Tranquilina Iguran Cotes if the taste of the fantastic Grandma's marked the imagination of the future writer, the stories of his grandfather, a prestigious military veteran of the "War of the Thousand Days" (1899-1902) between conservatives and liberals, served as a basis for his historical vision, marked by a sense of tragic, cruelty and the allure of power. – In his memorable acceptance speech for the Nobel, Garcia Marquez recalled the words spoken by his "master, William Faulkner" in front of the same audience – when the American author proclaimed "I deny to accept the end of man" – to emphasize: "We are the inventors of tales, which we believe to everything, we feel entitled to believe that it is not yet too late to embark on the creation" of a "new and devastating utopia of life, where no one can decide for others even the way in which die, which is certainly really love and happiness be possible, and where the races condemned to one hundred years of solitude have finally and forever a second opportunity on earth. " – Marked, like all his generation, by the hope of renewal embodied by the Cuban Revolution, Garcia Marquez said in 1971: "I still believe that socialism is a real possibility that the solution is that it takes for Latin America and it is necessary to have a more active militancy. " Not surprisingly, his explicitly political journalism began only after 1959, when he began to work as a correspondent in Bogota to Prensa Latina, which still is the official agency of Havana, and although it was then that he met for the first time Fidel Castro , their friendship did not develop until years later, according to "hundreds of hours of conversations and discussions, always interesting and challenging," as Fidel told himself. According to Angel Esteban y Dominique Panichelli, authors of "Gabo and Fidel, a landscape of friendship", "Gabo was convinced that the Cuban leader was different from 'caudillos', heroes, villains and dictators who swarm in Latin American history from the century XIX, and felt that only through him his revolution, still young, could lead to other fruits in the rest of the countries on the continent. " For the British Gerald Martin, who in 2008 published the first authorized biography of the author Colombian Garcia Marquez has always felt "the fascination of power" and has always wanted to "be a witness of the power, and it is fair to say that this is not enchantment free, always obeys certain goals. "
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