Colombia’s ambassador, Fernando Carrillo, initiated the book at his official residence.
The Diplomat. Madrid
On the death of writer Gabriel García Márquez, the Embassy of Colombia in Spain has opened at 12:00 am the Book of Condolence at its headquarters, in Paseo del General Martinez Campos, 48.
Colombia’s ambassador to Spain, Fernando Carrillo Flórez, initiated the book at his official residence, to which arrived from early morning representatives of diplomatic missions accredited in Spain. “Gabo, as Cervantes, changed the course of world literature and his work helps us to understand the history of Colombia”, said the Colombian diplomat.
The condolence book will remain open until Wednesday 23 April (10:00-14:00 am and 16:00-18:00 pm) so that his readers have a chance to leave a farewell message.
The Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, sent a telegram to the ambassador Carrillo in which “deeply regrets the death of García Márquez”. Rajoy said that the Colombian Nobel contributed “decisively” to place Latin American and Spanish literature at the international forefront of letters and culture.
García Márquez, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982, died on Thursday, April 17 at age 87 at his home in Mexico City, where he lived for years.
On Thursday 24, from 10 am, it will also take place at Chancery a memorial act in which guests will read passages of No One Writes to the Colonel.
The Embassy of Colombia in Spain has also released the following statement:
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses its deep sorrow at the death of Gabriel García Márquez, the greatest ambassador of the richness of our language and our culture; the sharpest performer of our reality and our dreams.
The work of ‘Gabo’ has been for millions of people of all nationalities their first approach to Colombia and Latin America, and thanks to his many novels and stories many passed from pages to reality, to discover for themselves the richness of our diversity.
The 1982 Literature’s Nobel Prize will always be in our minds and hearts; literature is a central part of our memory and identity, so much that it would be unthinkable approaching our history without the key facts he gave to interpret it.
Colombians around the world have something to thank ‘Gabo’: his work has inspired, illuminated, accompanied and elevated us as readers and as global citizens.
In his memory, our commitment to contribute every day to enable Colombia to reach the peace he always dreamed of, for us and for all of Latin America.
To Mercedes, his wife, his children and grandchildren, and all his people, our solidarity and affection.
Bogota, April 17, 2014”.