Gabriel García Márquez's magical realist novels and short stories exposed millions of readers to Latin America's passion, superstition, violence and inequality. Widely considered the most popular Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century, he achieved literary celebrity that spawned comparisons to Mark Twain and Charles Dickens.
CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) – The ashes of Nobel Prize-winning novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez have been laid to rest in the historic Caribbean port city of Cartagena, Colombia, where he began his writing career.
On Sunday, members of Garcia Marquez's family were joined by friends and local dignitaries in dedicating a bronze bust of the author in a colonial-era cloister in the city.
The bust sits atop a commemorative stone holding part of Garcia Marquez's ashes. The rest of the ashes will remain in Mexico, where he lived for decades and died in 2014.
The walled city of Cartagena was the setting for one of his best-selling novels, "Love in the Time of Cholera." His family still maintains a seafront house there and a foundation established by the author to train Latin American journalists.