One participant reads a passage of “No one writes to the Colonel”./ Picture: Elora Valbuena.
Eva Cantón. Madrid
There were so many who came to the continued reading of ‘No one writes to the Colonel” that at Colombia’s Embassy in Madrid it was heard up to three times the woes of the character from the novel by Gabriel García Márquez.
The Nobel laureate, who died April 17th in Mexico City, received yesterday a new tribute at the Colombian embassy, where the ambassador, Fernando Carrillo Flórez, standing in front of a wooden lectern, began the story. “The colonel opened the jar of coffee and found that there was no more than a teaspoon. Withdrew the pot from the stove, poured half the water in the floor and scraped with a knife inside the jar on the pot until it detached the last scrapings of coffee powder mixed with tin oxide”.
The National Library of Spain will dedicate its traditional Open Day, on Saturday 26th April, to Colombian author
Then, other Latin American diplomats, representatives of the world of culture, friends and Colombian and Spanish citizens took place in the stand for six hours, basting the story of Colonel waiting for an urgent letter. Those in attendance also heard the writer Dasso Saldívar, author of the extensive biography of Garcia Marquez “The trip to the seed,” talk about cataquero author’s childhood in the home of his grandparents, Nicolás Ricardo Márquez Mejía and Tranquilina Iguarán Cotes.
Yesterday’s will not be the last tribute to ‘Gabo’. The National Library of Spain will dedicate this year its traditional Open Day on the occasion of Book Day, on Saturday 26th April, to Colombian author, whose legacy “is huge, and his work , so many times edited and read, is the treasure that he left us”, said the director of the Library, Ana Santos Aramburo.