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Presidents, celebrities mourn writer Garcia Marquez

Published on Apr 18, 2014 7:44 AM
 
Flowers and a book by Colombian 1982 Literature Nobel Prize laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez were placed at the entrance of his home in Mexico City on April 17, 2014. Presidents, writers and celebrities mourned the death of Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez on Thursday, bidding farewell to the 87-year-old giant of Latin American literature. -- PHOTO: AFP

MEXICO CITY (AFP) - Presidents, writers and celebrities mourned the death of Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez on Thursday, bidding farewell to the 87-year-old giant of Latin American literature.

Here are quotes from friends and famous admirers of Nobel-winning author of One Hundred Years Of Solitude:

US President Barack Obama: "The world has lost one of its greatest visionary writers - and one of my favorites from the time I was young. Affectionately known as 'Gabo' to millions of his fans, he first won international recognition with his masterpiece One Hundred Years of Solitude. I once had the privilege to meet him in Mexico, where he presented me with an inscribed copy that I cherish to this day. ... I offer my thoughts to his family and friends, whom I hope take solace in the fact that Gabo's work will live on for generations to come."

Former US president Bill Clinton: "I was saddened to learn of the passing of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. From the time I read One Hundred Years of Solitude more than 40 years ago, I was always amazed by his unique gifts of imagination, clarity of thought, and emotional honesty. He captured the pain and joy of our common humanity in settings both real and magical. I was honored to be his friend and to know his great heart and brilliant mind for more than 20 years."

 
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