RIP Gregory Rabassa, translator of Márquez, Amado, Vargas Llosa

“Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.” (opening line of One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez) Those are not the words of Gabriel García Márquez. They’re the words of Gregory Rabassa, his translator,…