Gabriel García Márquez (6 March (1927), Aracataca, Colombia–17 April (2014), Mexico City, Mexico), known affectionately as Gabo, was the greatest Colombian writer, an icon of south-America literature and a world classic for his so-called magical realism:
His masterpiece Cien años de soledad describes an epic dynastic tale of the Buendía family whose lives ricochet off the generations. I was reading it when the Author passed away , my second work after Crónica de una muerte anunciada, which I read in Colombia after we bought the book in a library of Bogotá. It is not an easy piece in its original version due to the exacerbated style of this poetical realism that mixes ethereal scenes with down-to-earth graphic descriptions, for seven generations of characters with all essentially the same name.
In the Paris Review's highly regarded "Writers at Work" series, García Márquez, interviewed by Peter H. Stone, gives a very interesting interview that reveals much of his character  In particular, one learns that he regards himself as a journalist.
Elena had read most of García Márquez well before I met her, and recommended many of the books (not particularly Crónica de una muerte anunciada, which is the one I chose to start with). Titles she strongly recommends are:
Other works of exceptional interest:
I'd also want to find the shipwreck story he wrote as a journalist: