January 16, 2021

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Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel laureate writer, dies aged 87

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Colombian author became standard-bearer for Latin American letters after success of One Hundred Years of Solitude: The Guardian

Gabriel García Márquez in Monterrey in 2007 Gabriel García MárquezThe Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez, who unleashed the worldwide boom in Spanish language literature and magical realism with his novel One Hundred Years of Solitude, died at the age of 87. He had been admitted to hospital in Mexico City on 3 April with pneumonia.

Matching commercial success with critical acclaim, García Márquez became a standard-bearer for Latin American letters, establishing a route for negotiations between guerillas and the Colombian government, building a friendship with Fidel Castro and maintaining a feud with fellow literature laureate Mario Vargas Llosa that lasted more than 30 years.

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