Gabriel Garcia Marquez: 87 Years Of Literary – But Not Political – Savvy

According to our commentator, Ilan Stavans, there are only two books that truly matter in the Spanish language. The first is Don Quixote of La Mancha. The second is One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Garcia Marquez died last week in Mexico City, at the age of 87. But, as Stavans sees it, not before changing the literary world and maybe Latin America itself.

Stavans is a professor in Latin American and Latino culture at Amherst College. His latest book, A Most Imperfect Union: A Contrarian History of the United States, comes out in July.