One of the most popular and widely accredited authors has passed away.  Gabriel Garcia Marquez was a Nobel laureate and was considered to be the most popular writer of the Spanish-language as he brought millions of readers joy and an explanation of Latin America’s inequality, superstitions and their passions as reported by The Huffington Post.

He had three novels that were sold more widely in the Spanish-language than any other besides the Bible.  Some of his works include: “Chronicle of a Death Foretold,” “Autumn of the Patriarch,” and “Love in the Time of Cholera.”  His most famous, “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” sold more than fifty million copies in over twenty-five different languages worldwide.

He was one of the most influential authors in the genre of magical realism and blended fiction with elements that were fantastical in nature.

Garcia Marquez was awarded the Nobel prize in 1982 he was an early practitioner for nonfiction that would later be known as New Journalism.  He wrote nonfiction like “Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor” that marked a man’s journey while he was lost at sea for ten days.  His love of nonfiction blended with his flamboyance and melancholy in his fiction works and turned him into a elder statesman of Latin American journalism.

Garcia Marquez was born on March 6, 1927 in Aracataca, Columbia.  Born the oldest of eleven children, he was raised by his grandparents in Barranquilla.  For ten years his grandparents raised him and they would tell him rich and historic tales and stories which got Garcia Marquez into a love of fiction and nonfiction alike.  Garcia Marquez got his start like many others, sending his first short story to a newspaper called El Espectador and from there on he continued to write for a living until his death.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez died in his home around noon from infections in his lungs and a urinary tract infection.

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