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Biographical information

The short stories included in Big Mama’s Funeral were written in different countries during the 1950s. Despite the fact that most of them were written abroad, they are rooted in Colombian reality.

It is a well-known fact that the writer Álvaro Mutis played an important role in the publishing of these short stories as an integrated unit. The Colombian writer was in prison in Mexico when he asked Gabriel García Márquez to send him something to read. He read the stories and was able to convince the publishers at Veracruz University to publish them in 1962.


To find out more about the life of the author please go to the timeline we have created in collaboration with Caracol TV, that granted the non exclusive license of use of the documentary “Gabo, the Magic of Reality”, produced by JWProductions, Ronachan Films, Horne Productions, Caracol Televisión, Discovery, CANAL + and Gebrueder beetz Film Production.


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