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RIP Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The great Nobel Prize winning Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez passed away at the age of 87 in Mexico City. He had been suffering from cancer for several years and entered hospice care a few days ago. Marquez is considered perhaps only second to Cervantes himself as the greatest Spanish language novelist of all time. His works A Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the Time Of Cholera, and Autumn of the Patriarch are considered some of the greatest works of world literature. One of the main writers in the genre of magical realism, his books are at the same time starkly grounded in reality and full of poetic allegory. When Remedios the beauty flies away from the town of Macondo in A Hundred Years of Solitude is, I think, one of the most beautiful pieces of writing I’ve ever read. Marquez was an avowed socialist all his life and worked to make both Mexico and Latin America a better place. He was fiercely opposed to the tyrannical rule of many Latin American despots and the widespread corruption in his native Colombia and his adopted country of Mexico. But Marquez’s legacy is his writing. He is an inspiration to all of us aspiring writers, especially those of Latino origins. I’m going to pull down Love in the time of Cholera and reread it again tonight for the millionth time. Adios, Gabriel.

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