Colombia’s Nobel prize-winning author Gabiel Garcia Marquez celebrates his 85th birthday Tuesday with the release of “100 Years of Solitude” in e-book format for the first time.
Written by Marquez in 1967 and widely considered the author’s greatest work, “100 Years of Solitude” [original title “100 Años de Soledad”] recounts the multi-generational story of the Buendia family in the fictitious Colombian village of Macondo.
Marquez’s literary agent Carmen Balsells confirmed that the e-book will initially be released only in Spanish, saying “the electronic book is a borderless market, and everything will be done slowly.”
The novel, heralded as one of the greatest examples of the literary genre magical realism, has been translated into 37 languages in print and has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide.
The release of the electronic edition also marks 65 years since the author’s first publication in Colombia’s El Espectador newspaper in 1947, as well as being 30 years since his 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature and a decade since the publication of the first volume of his autobiography “Vivir para Contarla” [“Living to Tell the Tale”].
The e-book is published by Leer-e in Spain, and will be sold online for €5.99 in both Kindle and Epub formats.