Colom­bia to hold me­mo­rial for Mar­quez

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Colom­bia will pay trib­ute to the No­bel-prize win­ning au­thor Gabriel Gar­cia Mar­quez in a cer­e­mony at Bo­gota’s na­tional cathe­dral to­mor­row.

Pres­i­dent Juan Manuel San­tos will be present, but it is not clear whether Gar­cia Mar­quez’s fam­ily will at­tend.

His rel­a­tives have con­firmed, how­ever, that they will be at a me­mo­rial cer­e­mony in Mex­ico City to­day.

The au­thor of “One Hun­dred Years of Soli­tude” died on Thurs­day in Mex­ico, where he lived for more than 30 years.

Colom­bians feel that the man many con­sider to be the coun­try’s great­est son must be hon­oured in his home­land, says the BBC in Bo­gota.

The writer fled the coun­try in 1981, af­ter learn­ing that Colom­bia’s mil­i­tary wanted to ques­tion him over al­leged links with the coun­try’s left-wing guer­ril­las.

He moved to Mex­ico with his fam­ily and even­tu­ally chose to die there cor­re­spon­dent says.

Gar­cia Mar­quez, who was 87, will be hon­oured at a me­mo­rial ser­vice to­day at Mex­ico City’s Pala­cio de Bel­las Artes. The cer­e­mony will be at­tended by Mr San­tos and his Mex­i­can coun­ter­part, En­rique Pena Ni­eto.

A sym­bolic burial will be held si­mul­ta­ne­ously at his home town of Ara­cat­aca.

On to­mor­row, Colom­bia will hold its own cer­e­mony to hon­our the au­thor, who won the No­bel Prize for Lit­er­a­ture in 1982.

The event will be shown on na­tional tele­vi­sion. Else­where in Colom­bian li­braries and parks there will be pub­lic read­ings of his books over the next few days.

Gar­cia Mar­quez made a brief ap­pear­ance out­side his house on his 87th birth­day, on 6 March.

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