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Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at age 87

Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at age 87 » 2014


Gabriel García Márquez
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Gabriel García Márquez in 2002
BornGabriel José García Márquez
March 6, 1927
Aracataca, Colombia
DiedApril 17, 2014 (aged 87)
Mexico City, Mexico
NationalityColombianMexican
Alma materUniversidad Nacional de Colombia
Universidad de Cartagena
GenreNovels, short stories
Literary movementLatin American Boommagic realism
Notable worksOne Hundred Years of SolitudeThe Autumn of the PatriarchLove in the Time of CholeraChronicle of a Death Foretold
Notable awardsNeustadt International Prize for Literature
1972
Nobel Prize in Literature
1982
SpouseMercedes Barcha Pardo
ChildrenRodrigo, Gonzalo

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Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez (/ɡɑːrˈsə ˈmɑːrkɛs/American Spanish: [ɡaˈβɾjel ɣarˈsi.a ˈmarkes]; 6 March 1927 – 17 April 2014) was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist, known affectionately as Gabo or Gabito throughout Latin America. Considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century and one of the best in the Spanish language, he was awarded the 1972 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature. He pursued a self-directed education that resulted in his leaving law school for a career in journalism. From early on, he showed no inhibitions in his criticism of Colombian and foreign politics. In 1958, he married Mercedes Barcha; they had two sons, Rodrigo and Gonzalo.
García Márquez started as a journalist, and wrote many acclaimed non-fiction works and short stories, but is best known for his novels, such as One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), The Autumn of the Patriarch(1975), and Love in the Time of Cholera (1985). His works have achieved significant critical acclaim and widespread commercial success, most notably for popularizing a literary style labeled as magic realism, which uses magical elements and events in otherwise ordinary and realistic situations. Some of his works are set in a fictional village called Macondo (the town mainly inspired by his birthplace Aracataca), and most of them explore the theme of solitude.
On his death in April 2014, Juan Manuel Santos, the President of Colombia, described him as "the greatest Colombian who ever lived." 

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