Colombian devoted to ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’
Armenia, Colombia — An entire library dedicated to just one book: Colombian Jorge Ivan Salazar has collected copies of “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by compatriot author Gabriel Garcia Marquez for 16 years.
Salazar has 379 editions of Garcia Marquez’s masterpiece in nearly 50 languages, including a first edition printed in 1967: “my favorite.”
The 59-year-old civil engineer said when he was first made to read the book as a school kid, he did not enjoy it.
Many years later, “I discovered ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude,’ I started to read it, and I loved it. As soon as I finished it, I read it again.”
So started a passion that has culminated in a private library at his home in the city of Armenia in western Colombia.
Salazar, who claims to own the largest collection of “One Hundred Years of Solitude” in the world, has copies in Tamil, Armenian, Azeri and 45 other languages.
Among his prize copies: a pirate one dedicated by Garcia Marquez in China to an unofficial translator he dubbed “the greatest pirate in the world.”
Another is a Russian version from which erotic passages were censored by the Soviet-era authorities.
“The most recent book I acquired was in the language of the Faroe Islands. For me, it is impressive that on such a remote island they have ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ in their own language,” Salazar said.
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