04/17/2014 08:52 pm ET Updated Apr 18, 2014

Gabriel García Márquez' Most Influential Works Transformed 20th Century Literature

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Esteemed Colombian author, beloved father and husband, and seasoned journalist Gabriel García Márquez died at his home in Mexico City on Thursday at age 87.

The globally celebrated Nobel laureate is widely considered the most influential Spanish writer of the 20th century and has been compared with Hemingway, Faulkner and Mark Twain. Many of his enchanting literary works employed magical realism, a literally style he pioneered that blurs fantasy with reality.

García Márquez’s literary works, from short stories to novellas, often involved themes of isolation, family, love, violence and identity.

Here are five of his most influential works:

Gabriel García Márquez's Greatest Works