At a time when he wasn’t even allowed in this country, the Colombian-born author’s work set off a boom that we’re still experiencing today — one that goes beyond his own continent and is still getting readers to explore and embrace writers from different parts of the world other than their own.
"I think society’s emphasis on family forces us into relationships that are otherwise unhealthy. Sure, a long time ago, when people lived miles from civilization, family was all you had. There was a very practical purpose to sticking together. But now I have six million people in my backyard. Why should I be wasting time with someone I don’t like just because they have the same last name as me?"