GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ
Gabriel García Márquez was a Colombian author, known affectionately as Gabo throughout Latin America. Considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century, 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.
Garcia Marquez, the master of a style known as magic realism, was and remains Latin America's best-known writer. His novels were filled with miraculous and enchanting events and characters; love and madness; wars, politics, dreams and death. Everything he had written, Garcia Marquez once said, he knew or heard before he was 8 years old.
Gabriel García Márquez died on 4/17/14 at the age of 87.
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