Gabriel García Márquez, one of my favorite writers, has passed away. I recently finished this excellent biography and recommend it wholeheartedly:
Gabriel García Márquez: A Life
Rest in peace, Gabo. The world mourns your passing and will miss you very much.
Before reaching the final line, however, he had already understood that he would never leave that room, for it was foreseen that the city of mirrors (or mirages) would be wiped out by the wind and exiled from the memory of men at the precise moment when Aureliano Babilonia would finish deciphering the parchments, and that everything written on them was unrepeatable since time immemorial and forever more, because races condemned to one hundred years of solitude did not have a second opportunity on earth.
― Gabriel García Márquez, closing lines of One Hundred Years of Solitude