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Feliz Cumpleaños, Gabriel García Márquez!

García Márquez's famous novel "Love in the Time of Cholera" | Photo by Angus_Ross

Today marks the 85th birthday of Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez, one of the most significant Latin American authors of all time.

Although he has been a novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and politically outspoken journalist, Márquez is best known for popularizing a style called “magical realism”. This is reflected in his 1982 Nobel Prize in literature, which he won for his “novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent’s life and conflicts.”

He is warmly known as “Gabo” throughout Latin America.