The University of Texas recently paid 2.2 million dollars for Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s archive that contains 10 books, including his acclaimed 1967 novel, “One Hundred Years of Solitude.” The University had the intent of keeping the price paid a secret in order to keep it from drawing attention from literary and legal sectors in order for it to not impact on future purchases. Thus this sell was kept secret until ordered by an attorney that they publicly announce the purchase and price as it can not be kept a secret and will surely harm the university’s marketplace interest.
Not only has this purchase caused much talk and controversy among Universities in the U.S. but also in Colombia where Marquez was born and in Mexico where he resided. Many question not why his material does not reside in either country but also why it shall end up in a country which he often criticized.
-Andrea Lenna Shek