World mourns Garcia Marquez, godfather of magic realism

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Front page from a local newspaper announcing the death of Colombian Nobel Prize winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, in Cali, Colombia, on April 17, 2014Tributes poured in Friday for Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel-winning Colombian author whose “magical realism” told epic stories of love, family and dictatorship in Latin America. Known affectionately as “Gabo,” the author of “One Hundred Years of Solitude” and “Love in the Time of Cholera” was one of the world’s the most popular Latin American novelists and godfather of a literary movement that witnessed a continent in turmoil. The long-time journalist befriended Cuban leader Fidel Castro, was once punched by fellow Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa and joked that he wrote to make his friends love him.