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Nobel laureate Garcia Marquez dies at 87

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, most popular Spanish-language writer since Cervantes, dies at 87
E. Eduardo Castillo And Frank Bajak, The Associated Press

MEXICO CITY - Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose intoxicating novels and short stories exposed millions outside Latin America to its passions, superstition, violence and social inequality, died at home in Mexico City on Thursday. He was 87.

Widely considered the most popular Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century, the Colombian-born Garcia Marquez achieved literary celebrity that spawned comparisons to Mark Twain and Charles Dickens.

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