Friday, July 27, 2018


February 28, 1955, brought news that eight crew members of the destroyer Caldas, of the Colombian Navy, had fallen overboard and disappeared during a storm in the Caribbean Sea …

… A search for the seamen began immediately, with the cooperation of the U.S. Panama Canal Authority ..

… after four days, the search was abandoned and the lost sailors were officially declared dead. A week later, however, one of them turned up half dead on a deserted beach in northern Colombia, having survived ten days without food or water on a drifting life raft. His name was Luis Alejandro Velasco. This book is a journalistic reconstruction of what he told me, as it was published one month after the disaster in the Bogotá daily El Espectador.

Gabriel García Márquez
From: “Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor.” 

April 28, 1955
Louis Alejandro Velasco's Odissey
Source: Z Block'15

“The relief I felt while chewing the cards spurred my imagination to look for things to eat. If I had had a knife, I would have cut up my shoes and chewed slices of the rubber soles. They were the closest thing at hand. I tried to pry off the clean, white soles with my keys. But I couldn’t pull off a piece of the sole, it was glued so tightly to the fabric.”

1953 | Denson
Source: HistoryWorld

“For using a certain brand of chewing gum and saying so in an ad, I received a thousand pesos. I was lucky that the manufacturer of my shoes gave me two thousand pesos for endorsing them in an ad. For permitting my story to be told on radio I received five thousand. I never imagined that surviving ten days of hunger and thirst would turn out to be so profitable. ”

Gabriel García Márquez
From: “Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor.” (Knopf, 1986 - First published 1970)


Gabriel García Márquez
Relato De Un Náufrago (Debolsillo, 2003 - First published 1970)