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Colombian Author Gabriel García Márquez Dies

The Nobel Prize winner dies, aged 87

By Emma Chong Johnston | Published: 18 Apr 2014

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Photo: Gabriel García Márquez in 2006, Getty Images

Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez has died at the age of 87, after being hospitalised with an infection in March. The Colombian author is widely regarded as one of the greatest Spanish-language writers since Miguel de Cervantes, gaining worldwide fame with novel One Hundred Years of Solitude. He won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1982 for his novels and short stories, and went on to write the iconic Love in the Time of Cholera.

Gabriel García Márquez’s work went beyond literature; as a close friend of Fidel Castro he worked to bring about negotiations between guerrillas the Colombian government. Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos paid tribute to the writer yesterday via Twitter, saying “A thousand years of solitude and sadness at the death of the greatest Colombian of all time”.


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