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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. Mutis, a Colombian writer, was in prison in Mexico when he asked Gabriel García Márquez to send him something to read. García Márquez sent him these stories, and Mutis convinced 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, which granted a non-exclusive license for 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.

Additionally, we recommend checking out the Gaboteca, a virtual reference room of the National Library of Colombia, where you will find diverse information about the complete works of Gabriel García Márquez, works written about him, translations of his books into multiple languages, information about his life and travels, a gallery of images, lectures and audio files, and other highly interesting resources.


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