Gabriel Garcia Marquez was a close friend of dead dictator Fidel Castro.
A very close friend. So close, in fact, that Fidel gave him a very nice house in Havana, a house stolen from a Cuban family.
“Gabo” — as he was known — wrote beautiful prose and won the Nobel Prize for literature, but he was a hypocrite who lacked a moral center.
And he is the undisputed king of “magical realism,” a literary approach to reality that most Europeans and North Americans consider convincing proof of the fact that all Lateeeeen-ohs are quasi-medieval dolts who lack the ability to think rationally.
In many ways he can be compared to Martin Heidegger, the German philosopher who was a Nazi.
Heidegger is as widely respected in intellectual circles as Gabo. Both are giants, perhaps even demi-gods to many in the self-anointed thinking class.
Their names tend to be uttered with the utmost reverence, in the same way some Catholics invoke the names of their patron saints.
Both of them are the subject of intense scholarly research, and invoked constantly.
Aaaaah, but there’s a catch, isn’t there?
Are those who revere moral monsters any less monstrous than the monsters they revere?
Havana now has a statue of Gabo. Whoopee…. Yeah…. Exactly what the Cuban people need.
A monument to yet another monster.
May some dissident Cuban performance artist give this Latrine his due by using this tacky statue as a latrine.
From Pravda, U.K. (The Guardian)
A life-size bronze sculpture of the Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez was unveiled Thursday in Havana, an homage to the writer and to Cuba for its support of the peace accord with leftist FARC rebels.
The sculpture portrays the writer holding books and a rose, dressed in the traditional suit known as a liqui liqui that he wore to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982.
“We want to pay homage to Gabo who is so intimately linked to Havana, the Caribbean and Cuba,” Colombian ambassador to Cuba Gustavo Bell told AFP, using a nickname for the late author.
This “is a tribute, a show of gratitude from the Colombian people to the Cuban people for accompanying us in the peace process,” Bell said.
Havana hosted four years of peace talks between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known by the Spanish acronym FARC.
Garcia Marquez, who died in 2014, was a personal friend of deceased Cuban leader Fidel Castro and lived in Havana for a period in the 1980s.
The statue stands 1.80 meters (5 feet and 9 inches) tall and is a “living sculpture” that shows Garcia Marquez descending a staircase.
The statue was created by Cuban sculptor Jose Villa Soberon, whose other works around the city include life-size renderings of the Beatle John Lennon and Mother Teresa.