GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUES, THE RENOWNED LATIN AMERICAN WRITER, THE GREAT CREATOR OF 'MAGICAL REALISM' IN 20TH CENTRURY LITERATURE AND A CLOSE FRIEND OF FIDEL CASTRO,    EXPIRED TODAY. 
 

Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez crafted intoxicating fiction from the fatalism, fantasy, cruelty and heroics of the world that set his mind churning as a child growing up on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. One of the most revered and influential writers of his generation, he brought Latin America’s charm and maddening contradictions to life in the minds of millions and became the best-known practitioner of “magical realism,” a blending of fantastic elements into portrayals of daily life that made the extraordinary seem almost routine. In his works, clouds of yellow butterflies precede a forbidden lover’s arrival. A heroic liberator of nations dies alone, destitute and far from home. A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings, as one of his short stories is called, is spotted in a muddy courtyard.

Garcia Marquez’s own epic story ended on Thursday, at age 87, with his death at his home in southern Mexico City, according to two people close to the family who spoke on condition of anonymity out of respect for the family’s privacy.