It may be generations before we see another writer reach Gabriel Garcia Marquez's stature; he was so well-known and well-loved. His novel "One Hundred Years of Solitude" became an international bestseller of previously unknown proportions. After he was awarded the
Now, with Garcia Marquez gone, his fans -- presidents, writers, and more -- have been sharing their appreciation for the man and his work. Here's what they're saying, on social media and elsewhere:
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos: A thousand years of solitude and sadness for the death of the greatest Colombian of all time.
Author Laila Lalami: No one wrote better about the sin of pride, the corruption of power and the redemption of love. I will miss you, Gabriel García Márquez.
Novelist Terry McMillan: You haven't lived until you read at least one novel or short story by #GabrielGarciaMarquez. He helped open an emotional aperture.
Journalist Jon Lee Anderson: #gabriel garcia marquez #gabo #fnpi Descansa en pais, querido Gabo. Te extranaremos siempre, como a un padre. Tu legado es muy grande. [Rest in peace, dear Gabo. We'll always miss you, as a father. Your legacy is great.]
Author Jesmyn Ward: I read "100 Years of Solitude" for the first time in high school. You know how some books break your world to remake it?
Writer Mary Carr: No! Garcia Marquez gone -- First Seamus, then my favorite novelist. Literary heartbreak.
Novelist Maile Meloy: "Love in the Time of Cholera" I read at the city pool where I was a lifeguard. It made the world seem huge & the possibilities for love deep.
Writer Edan Lepucki: Today I am remembering when Gabriel Garcia Marquez visited Book Soup and humored me while I told him in my halting Spanish how honored I was to meet him. He was really sweet and kind, and I am pretty sure super fan C. Max Magee fainted. RIP, Marquez.