World reacts to death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Reaction to death of writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez:

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“A thousand years of loneliness and sadness for the death of the greatest Colombian of all time!” - Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos.

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“With the passing of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the world has lost one of its greatest visionary writers - and one of my favorites from the time I was young … I offer my thoughts to his family and friends, whom I hope take solace in the fact that Gabo’s work will live on for generations to come.” - U.S. President Barack Obama.

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“A great man has died, one whose works gave the literature of our language great reach and prestige,” Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa, who had once famously feuded with Garcia Marquez.

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“I owe him the impulse and the freedom to plunge into literature. In his books I found my own family, my country, the people I have known all my life, the color, the rhythm, and the abundance of my continent.” - Chilean writer Isabel Allende

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“One would really have to go back to Dickens to find a writer of the highest literary quality who commanded such extraordinary power over whole populations.” - British novelist Ian McEwan, to the BBC.

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“On behalf of Mexico, I express my sadness for the death of one the greatest writers of our time: Gabriel Garcia Marquez.” - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

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“From the time I read ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ more than 40 years ago, I was always amazed by his unique gifts of imagination, clarity of thought, and emotional honesty … I was honored to be his friend and to know his great heart and brilliant mind for more than 20 years.” - former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

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