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Garcia Marquez, godfather of magic realism, dies at 87

Published on Apr 18, 2014 5:19 AM
 
Colombian Nobel Prize laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez (left) and his wife Mercedes leave after the inauguration of the Universal Forum of the Cultures in Monterrey in this Sep 20, 2007 file photo. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel-winning Colombian author who used magical realism to tell epic stories of love, family and dictatorship in Latin America, died Thursday at the age of 87. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MEXICO CITY (AFP) - Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel-winning Colombian author who used magical realism to tell epic stories of love, family and dictatorship in Latin America, died Thursday at the age of 87.

Known affectionately as "Gabo," the author of "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and "Love in the Time of Cholera" became one of the most popular Latin American novelists in the world and the godfather of a literary movement that witnessed a continent in turmoil.

The journalist was a colorful character who befriended Cuban leader Fidel Castro, got punched by fellow Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa and joked that he wrote so that his friends would love him.

"One thousand years of solitude and sadness for the death of the greatest Colombian of all time," Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos wrote on Twitter.

 
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