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Video: "100 Years of Solitude" in pictures

Jan 25--Using a century-old press, a Colombian artist spent six years illustrating Gabriel Garcia Marquez's famous tale.

Video: "100 Years of Solitude" in pictures

Artist Pedro Villalba Ospina was 14 years old when he was first introduced to “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” one of the best-known novels by Nobel prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It was the beginning of a long and passionate relationship.

Since then, he has read the book 27 times. So captured by it, and transfixed with a desire to explore it further, Villalba embarked on a journey to illustrate a story that has long inspired filmmakers, writers and musicians.

Villalba studied the novel and went to Garcia Marquez’s home town of Arataca (referred to as the inspiration for the book’s fictional setting in the village of Macondo), to sketch its environs and absorb the spirit of the place. Drawing on his training in painting and print illustration, he made 120 metal-plate etchings of incredible detail, which were then used to make original prints using century-old presses in his workshop, Taller Bosque Primario. The process took no less than six years.
 
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