Gabriel García Márquez was one of my favourite writers, was the writer I talked about in my application to get into Uni, was the reason I took up Spanish in the vain hope of one day ever being able to read One Hundred Years of Solitude in it’s original form. It was announced a couple of years ago that Márquez would no longer be writing at all, having written a farewell statement in 2008. Last year, his family confirmed that he had been suffering from Alzheimers, and last night my twitter went a bit wild, as news of his death broke.
If you haven’t ever read any of his novels or short stories, I really can’t recommend them enough. The Guardian has got a list of five to start you off, and you should give this a read too: Gabriel Garcia Marquez Meets Ernest Hemingway
Sleep well, Gabo.