Gabriel García Márquez, the Colombian novelist and journalist who inspired many a mind to appreciate magical realism in words and the world around them, died today at home in Mexico City.
Mr. García Márquez learned he had lymphatic cancer in 1999, and a brother said in 2012 that he had developed senile dementia.
Mr. García Márquez, who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982, wrote fiction rooted in a mythical Latin American landscape of his own creation, but his appeal was universal. His books were translated into dozens of languages. He was among a select roster of canonical writers — Dickens, Tolstoy and Hemingway among them — who were embraced both by critics and by a mass audience. Read the full NYT piece.
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Love in the Time of Solitude was such an amazing novel. It reshaped the whole way I view the world. RIP Gabriel Gonzaga Márquez.
— Gabe Rivera (@gaberivera) April 17, 2014
“What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.” Viva Gabriel García Márquez! (1927/2014)
— Paulo Coelho (@paulocoelho) April 17, 2014
— Rafael Romo (@RafaelRomoCNN) April 17, 2014
"The heart eliminates the bad and magnifies the good"-#GabrielGarciaMarquez You taught us that there's always some magic in all the realism.
— Victoria Stephen (@victoriastephen) April 17, 2014
“I discovered to my joy, that it is life, not death, that has no limits.'' –Gabriel García Márquez. #GabrielGarciaMarquez
— Rob Urban (@roburban) April 17, 2014
Ex-reporter Gabriel García Márquez describing journalism as "something we can't avoid: It is a vice among friends." http://t.co/AEWbz1LnFd
— Nancy Rivera Brooks (@NRiveraBrooksLA) April 17, 2014