NUS:Documentary screening:Gabriel Garcia Marquez "GABO" The Magic of Reality


Join us to celebrate 50 years of Gabriel Garcia Marquez master piece "One Hundred Years of Solitude".

Invited Speaker: Mr. Sim Yong Chan, more info below.


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How did a boy from a backward town on the Caribbean coast, become a writer who won the hearts of millions, from the poorest to the most powerful political leaders, and whose works changed our perception of reality?

The answer is the incredible story of Gabriel García Márquez, the 1982 Nobel Prize winner for Literature, author of the globally popular, and critically-acclaimed masterpiece 100 Years of Solitude, who grew up in the poverty and violence of northern Colombia, and propelled by a love of life and a sensual, magical sensibility, followed a path that took him not only into a pioneer of life-affirming literature, but to the forefront of the political struggles of the 70s and 80s, through his militant journalism and his friendships with political leaders such as Fidel Castro and Bill Clinton.

The film is a story about the incredible power of human imagination, which follows the interwoven threads of Gabriel García Márquez's life and work - "Gabo" to all of Latin America -with the narrative tension of an investigation.

“We inventors of fables who believe in everything, feel the right to believe it is not too late to create a different utopia. A new and imposing utopia of life where no one decides for others how to die and where the races condemned to 100 years of solitude have at last and forever a second opportunity on earth.”

***The Embassy has the honour to give some Special Edition titles in Spanish to the Library, including “One Hundred Years of Solitude”. GABO’s master piece, in commeration of its 50 years.


Sim Yong Chan graduated from the University of Singapore in 1972 with the degree of Bachelor of Laws. In 1991, he received the degree of Master of Laws from NUS.

He is presently a consultant with RHTLaw TaylorWessing LLP. His legal practice involved litigation and advising on company and commercial matters. He is a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the Singapore Institute of Directors.

He is the legal adviser to the Singapore Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan, a Chinese clan association, with an 89-year history and which has more than 8,000 members. He is also the legal adviser to the International Teochew Youth Federation, based in Hong Kong.

Mr. Sim published article about Garcia Marquez, Tanglin Club Magazine.


PENGUIN BOOKS will be at the event with all of Gabriel Garcia Marquez titles available in Singapore, don't miss the chance to get your copy.

See you there!


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Tue Apr 4, 2017
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