Today we’re remembering Gabriel García Márquez, who passed away yesterday. The Colombian novelist, short-story writer, and journalist was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1982. His literary works have influenced writers all over the world. In particular, his novel Cien años de soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude, 1967) was a landmark in literary theory and history, and gave rise to the term “magic realism,” leading many writers to imitate its style. García Márquez has always felt suspicious of pure realism which, in his view, is unable to capture the essence of Latin America.