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After Mexico, Colombia says goodbye to Garcia Marquez

Bogot - With a mix of Mozart and folk music, Colombia said goodbye Tuesday to its Nobel-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez in a ceremony in the capital's cathedral.
In the Media by Ariela Navarro (AFP)

Garcia Marquez, godfather of magic realism, dies at 87

Mexico - Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel-winning Colombian author whose "magical realism" told epic stories of love, family and dictatorship in Latin America, has died at the age of 87.
In the Media by Laurent Thomet (AFP)

Adrian Mole author Sue Townsend dies aged 68

London - Sue Townsend, the British author responsible for the multi-million selling Adrian Mole series documenting the hum-drum life of an awkward teenager, has died aged 68, her son told the BBC on Friday.
In the Media by AFP

Novelist Garcia Marquez feeling better, wants to go home

Mexico - Nobel-prize winning novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez on Saturday was feeling better after treatment in a Mexico City hospital, but staying put for now, family and officials said.
In the Media by AFP

Marquis de Sade manuscript returned to France

Paris - The original scroll on which the Marquis de Sade wrote the draft of his novel on sexual depravity, murder and paedophilia "The 120 Days of Sodom" has been returned to France following years of legal wrangling.
In the Media by AFP

Greek extremist killer's biography sparks row

Athens - An autobiography written by the main hitman of the far-left Greek extremist organisation November 17 has sparked a row over freedom of speech.
In the Media by AFP

Leading authors urge Russia to repeal 'chokehold' anti-gay laws

London - More than 200 leading international authors including Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood and Jonathan Franzen on Thursday slammed Russia's anti-gay and blasphemy laws as a "chokehold" on creativity as Sochi prepared for the Winter Olympics.
In the Media by AFP

Japan town fuming over Murakami fiction portrayal

Hamatonbetsu - A small Japanese town was fuming at best-selling novelist Haruki Murakami on Wednesday after a new story appeared to suggest its residents habitually throw lit cigarettes from car windows.
In the Media by AFP

Hermione should have married Harry Potter, Rowling admits

London - After years of squabbling, Harry Potter's best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger finally became an item -- but now their creator JK Rowling has admitted she made a mistake by marrying them off.
In the Media by AFP

Russian stabbed to death for preferring prose to poetry

Moscow - A dispute between two Russians over the respective merits of poetry and prose ended up with one of them, a former teacher, stabbing his friend to death, investigators said Wednesday.
In the Media by AFP
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