Gabriel Garcia Marquez 1927-2014
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America's passion, superstition, violence and inequality, has died at home in Mexico City. He was 87. Widely considered the most popular Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century, Garcia Marquez achieved literary celebrity that spawned comparisons to Mark Twain and Charles Dickens. His flamboyant and melancholy fictional works - among them Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Love in the Time of Cholera, and Autumn of the Patriarch - outsold everything published in Spanish except the Bible.