Influential Colombian writer who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982. His most famous novels include One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), Autumn of the Patriarch (1975), and Love in the Time of Cholera (1985).
He studied law at the National University of Colombia during the 1940s. During this period, he segued into a journalistic career, writing articles and columns for such local newspapers as El Universal and El Heraldo.
His novel, Love in the Time of Cholera, was adapted into a film directed by Mike Newell and released in the United States in 2007.
He was born in Colombia and was raised primarily by his maternal grandparents. He married Mercedes Barcha Pardo; the couple had two sons, Rodrigo and Gonzalo.
He followed in the footsteps of American author, William Faulkner, to become a Nobel Laureate.