|This display about Marquéz's life on the BLAA library's wall has been up for more than a year.|
Sure, there's the exhibition about Marquez's life on the wall of the Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango onCentro Cultural Gabriel Garcia Marquez, which was built by the government of Mexico. But the center - bizarrely - contains no exhibition about Marquez's life and works.
|Tourists in the Gabriel Garcia Marquez Cultural Center, |
in La Candelaria. The Mexican-built center
has no exhibition about the author.
Only the Biblioteca Nacional, north of La Candelaria, is exhibiting a few objects related to Gabo, such as his Smith Corona typewriter. (The bulk of Marquez's manuscripts and other documents were sold by his family to the Harry Ransom Center, a part of the University of Texas, in Austin.)
|The 'liqui liqui' suit in which Marqués |
accepted the Nobel Prize for literature.
The suit was on exhibition in the
Bogotá could do something similar - and without much effort. After all, Marquéz wrote colorfully about the neighborhood in his autobiography 'Living to Tell the Tale.'
Many visitors to Medellin do tours about that city's (and Colombia's) most famous son, Pablo Escobar. Colombia's international publicists must grit their teeth every time they hear about that. But Colombia's image handlers have no grounds to complain about the villains being highlighted unless they do their best to celebrate the nation's heroes, as well.
And, while they're at it, why not also create a GGM cultural center which actually contains something about the novelist.
|Marquéz's Smith-Corona typewriter, now on display in the Biblioteca Nacional.|
|A portrait of Marquéz along Carrera 10, in central Bogotá.|