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World reacts to death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Published Apr 18, 2014, 8:24 pm IST
Updated Apr 7, 2019, 7:07 pm IST
Check out what people around the world had to say about the writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Mexico City - Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel-winning Colombian author who used magical realism to tell epic stories of love, family and dictatorship in Latin America, died Thursday at the age of 87.

Reaction to death of writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez:


"A thousand years of loneliness and sadness for the death of the greatest Colombian of all time!" - Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos.

"With the passing of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the world has lost one of its greatest visionary writers - and one of my favorites from the time I was young ... I offer my thoughts to his family and friends, whom I hope take solace in the fact that Gabo's work will live on for generations to come." - U.S. President Barack Obama.

"A great man has died, one whose works gave the literature of our language great reach and prestige," - Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa, who had once famously feuded with Garcia Marquez.

"I owe him the impulse and the freedom to plunge into literature. In his books I found my own family, my country, the people I have known all my life, the color, the rhythm, and the abundance of my continent." - Chilean writer Isabel

"A great artist is gone, but his grand art remains with us. Most authors are only shadows, but Gabriel Garcia Marquez belonged to those who cast a shadow, and he will continue to do so long after his death." - Peter Englund, permanent secretary of the Nobel Prize-awarding Swedish Academy.

"One would really have to go back to Dickens to find a writer of the highest literary quality who commanded such extraordinary power over whole populations." - British novelist Ian McEwan, to the BBC.

"On behalf of Mexico, I express my sadness for the death of one the greatest writers of our time: Gabriel Garcia Marquez." - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

"From the time I read 'One Hundred Years of Solitude' more than 40 years ago, I was always amazed by his unique gifts of imagination, clarity of thought, and emotional honesty ... I was honored to be his friend and to know his great heart and brilliant mind for more than 20 years." - Former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

"With Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a writing giant who gave worldwide reach to the imagination of an entire continent has passed. ... His committed articles as a journalist and his tireless struggle against imperialism made him one of the most influential South American intellectuals of our time." - French President Francois Hollande.

"His unique characters and exuberant Latin America will remain marked in the hearts and memories of his millions of readers." - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.

"He is like the Mandela of literature because of the impact that he has had on readers all over the world. His influence is universal, and that is a very rare thing." - Cristobal Pera, editorial director of Penguin Random House in Mexico.

"Gabo's death is a loss for Colombia and for the entire world. His work will safeguard his memory." - Colombia's largest rebel group, The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, said in a tweet.

"He had the capacity to see stories that many of us have in front of us and don't even notice. He was unique in that." - Nicaraguan writer Sergio Ramirez Mercado.

"In recent times it wasn't easy to communicate with him, although he understood and continued the conversation. He was always loving and generous and extraordinarily clever." - Rafael Tovar y de Teresa, director of Mexico's National Council for Culture and the Arts.

"Gabo has left us and we will have years of solitude. But his works and his love for the motherland remain. Farewell until the victory, dear Gabo." - Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa.

"If you've read him, you know that he's not really gone. He is in an afterlife of his own creation, his own Macondo." - Edwidge Danticat, a Haitian-American author.

"Cuba suffers from this death, as do all readers of a writer who is an icon." - Miguel Barnet, Cuban author and essayist.