Gabriel García Márquez (6 March 1927 – 17 April 2014)

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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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  1. Mark Rabine Staff

    ‘Tell him,’ the colonel said, smiling, ‘that a person doesn’t die when he should but when he can.”

  2. marcos

    “We are so peaceful that none of us has died even of a natural death,” he said. “You can see that we still don’t have any cemetery.”

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