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Authors | Small-town football and the prize for fiction

Posted By John Turnbull On 1 February 2006 @ 20:01 In Regions | No Comments

Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Link to AP article. [1]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 [2]. 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 [1], 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 [3]” (see Jorge Pérez González‘s recent article [4] 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 [5],” 7 Mar 07).

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[1] Image: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002737088_ggm13.html

[2] Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez: http://www.themodernword.com/gabo/

[3] El juramento: http://www.stormpages.com/marting/eljuramento.htm

[4] recent article: http://www.elmundodeportivo.es/20060125/NOTICIA211108885.html

[5] The Town’s Biggest Event since the Banana Fever Ended: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/07/world/americas/07marquez.html

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