Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies

Gabriel_Garcia_Marquez_JoseLaraBelieved by many to be one of the world’s greatest writers, Colombian-born author and journalist Gabriel García Márquez (“Gabo”) passed away at the age of 87 on April 17, 2014. He was a recipient of the 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature and a pioneer of the Latin American “Boom.” He first won international fame with his masterpiece, “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” a defining classic of twentieth century literature.

“I do not want to simplify this writer’s complex work too much by claiming it was only about survival and dignity. This was, however, a constant theme in much of his work, and this was the feature that made the Colombian so appealing world-wide,” said Raymond L. William, who has published books and articles on Colombian and Latin American literature, in an article for New America Media Latino. “That down-to-earth 48-year-old pre-Nobel García Márquez was a man of total integrity. He not only talked-the-talk, but he walked and wrote the talk of the supreme value of common lives and everyday things.”

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