Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez died Thursday April 17 at his home in Mexico City. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982 for his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent's life and conflicts". His most well known novels are One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera. Solitude, with tens of millions of copies sold, was described by Chilean poet Pablo Neruda as "the greatest revelation in the Spanish language since Don Quixote." The book follows the rise and fall of the Buendia family through several generations of war and peace and is an enduring saga of Latin America's social and political history. Perhaps his most romantic novel, Love in the Time of Cholera is the story of a relationship between a recently widowed woman and the lover she had broken up with 50 years before.