Singer and Grammy Award winner Shakira is an international singing
sensation. She and García Márquez are fellow Colombians and have become friends
in the last few years.
"I went to the White House and listened to then-President Bill Clinton say that his favorite novel was One Hundred Years of Solitude. At
that moment I felt so proud to be Colombian. [Gabriel García Márquez] has
achieved the ultimate purpose of an artist, which is to be able to transform the
most insignificant details of reality into something magical."