Columbian author Gabriel García Márquez has died at age 87. The Nobel Laureate of such great books as One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) The Autumn of the Patriarch (1975), Love in the Time of Cholera (1985) and The General in His Labyrinth (1989) is said to have died yesterday. He was arguably the most famous Latin-American author, having achieved a celebrity status that is comparable to that of Charles Dickens and Mark Twain. Initially a journalist, Márquez had strong ties to communism, befriending Fidel Castro in 1959, which made travel to the US difficult, as he was allowed to visit only on a restricted visa. He was also known for having a a colourful personality, having previously been punched in the face by fellow Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa. Publishing his masterpiece proved difficult, as the author could not afford to send the complete manuscript to his publisher, leading to him and his wife Mercedes Barcha to pawn some of their possessions in order to do so. One Hundred Years of Solitude exemplifies Márquez’s mastery of magical realism, and made Márquez the recipient of the 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature. The book follows the story of the seven generations of the Buendía family in the town of Macondo, where strange and mysterious events happen. It remains a classic of modern Spanish literature.