Garcia Marquez once quipped “I write so that my friends will love me.” (REUTERS/Albert Gea/Files)
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Garcia Marquez hailed as literary giantHis death mourned around the globe, Gabriel Garcia Marquez is being hailed as a giant of modern literature, a writer of intoxicating novels and short stories that illuminated Latin America's passions, superstition, violence and social inequality. Widely considered the most popular Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century, the Colombian-born Nobel laureate achieved literary celebrity that spawned comparisons to Mark Twain and Charles Dickens. Garcia Marquez, among writers such as Norman Mailer and Tom Wolfe, was also an early practitioner of literary nonfiction now known as new journalism.Garcia Marquez was born in Aracataca, a small town near Colombia's Caribbean coast, on March 6, 1927 .Garcia Marquez's father insisted he study law but he dropped out and dedicated himself to journalism.Garcia Marquez famously feuded with Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa, who punched him in a 1976 fight outside a Mexico City movie theater.
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