Garcia Marquez stands outside his house on his 87th birthday in Mexico City on March 6, 2014. (REUTERS/Edgard Garrido)
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Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez has been hospitalized in Mexico City with lung and urinary tract infections that are responding to treatment, federal health officials and the author's son said Thursday.Garcia Marquez has lived in Mexico City for more than three decades and has limited his public appearances in recent years.Garcia Marquez's hospitalization did not appear related to long-standing reports about the author's memory problems, which have not been publicly diagnosed. A person close to the family said Garcia Marquez can carry on with normal life, although he has good days and bad days. Garcia Marquez is by many accounts the Spanish language's most popular writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century.
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