Gabriel García Márquez was born in 1928 in the small town of Aracataca, situated in a tropical region of northern Colombia. He went to a Jesuit college and began to read law, but his studies were soon broken off for his work as a journalist. In 1954 he was sent to Rome on an assignment for his newspaper, and since then he has mostly lived abroad - in Paris, New York, Barcelona and Mexico. In addition to his large output of fiction he has written screenplays and has continued to work as a journalist. His books include An Evil Hour (1962), One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), The Autumn of the Patriarch (1972) and Love in the Time of Cholera (1985). In 1981 Garcia Márquez was awarded the French Legion of Honour, the highest decoration France gives to a foreigner. In 1982, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature and used the money to start a daily newspaper, El Otro, in Colombia.