Gabriel Garcia Marquez honoured on new Colombian banknotes

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel-prize winning author, has been memorialized on a new set of Colombian banknotes. His portrait appears twice on the newly-released 50,000 COP banknote, worth the equivalent of £13.00. His image is surrounded by a kaleidoscope of butterflies, a reference to a motif in his best-known novel One Hundred Years of Solitude, as well as a quotation from Marquez’ Nobel prize acceptance speech. 

The head of Colombia’s central bank, Jose Dario Uribe, said the new banknote "pays honour to a person who carried Colombia's name far and wide from the middle of the last century”. The banknote was launched in a ceremony in Santa Marta, a town on Colombia's Caribbean coast, close to Garcia Marquez's birthplace, that served as the setting for the writer's landmark 1967 novel "One Hundred Years of Solitude."

In 2014 Penguin General re-issued Marquez’s novels in a new series look. 

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