Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian author whose beguiling stories of
love and longing brought Latin America to life for millions of readers
and put magical realism on the literary map, died on Thursday. He was
A prolific writer who started
out as a newspaper reporter, Garcia Marquez's masterpiece was "One
Hundred Years of Solitude," a dream-like, dynastic epic that helped him
win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.