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World reacts to death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez
By The Associated Press
Associated Press
2014-04-18 06:01 AM

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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"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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"He is like the Mandela of literature because of the impact that he has had on readers all over the world. His influence is universal, and that is a very rare thing." -- Cristobal Pera, editorial director of Penguin Random House in Mexico.

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"Thank you, master Gabo. Have a tranquil trip and that you always remain alive among us." -- Jaime Abello Banfi, director general of the Gabriel Garcia Marquez Foundation.

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"He had the capacity to see stories that many of us have in front of us and don't even notice. He was unique in that." -- Nicaraguan writer Sergio Ramirez Mercado.

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"This guy put Colombia on the map and changed the image of Colombia." -- Enrique Santos Calderon, Colombian president's brother who was close friend of the writer.

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"In recent times it wasn't easy to communicate with him, although he understood and continued the conversation. He was always loving and generous and extraordinarily clever." -- Rafael Tovar y de Teresa, director of Mexico's National Council for Culture and the Arts.

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"Gabo has left us and we will have years of solitude. But his works and his love for the motherland remain. Farewell until the victory, dear Gabo." -- Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa.

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