Aracataca, Colombia | Literary ambitions of a local football team have outpaced those of this coastal town, home to Nobel Prize–winning author Gabriel García Márquez. In March, a referendum will decide whether the name of the town changes to Aracataca-Macondo, appending the name of the fictional hamlet from One Hundred Years of Solitude. But lower-division side Macondo FC already had made the name change, along with a radio station and nursery school. “More than a physical place, Macondo is a state of mind,” says the author’s brother, Jaime. Yet some locals stick by the original name honoring Cataca, an indigenous chief. Gabriel García Márquez has previously written about his passion for fútbol in his essay “El juramento” (see Jorge Pérez González‘s recent article in Mundo Deportivo), recounting a game between Atlético Junior of Barranquilla and Millonarios of Bogotá.
Update: Voter turnout in Jun 06 was insufficient to enact a change in name to Aracataca-Macondo, reports the New York Times (Simon Romero, “The Town’s Biggest Event since the Banana Fever Ended,” 7 Mar 07).