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The Nobel Prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez was treated last week in Los Angeles for low-intensity lymphoma, the Los Angeles Times said Sunday.

The intensely private author, 72, was said to be responding well to treatment and to be in very good spirits. He was due to return to Los Angeles later in the year for a checkup.

Garcia Marquez, known as "Gabo" by fans, has towered over Latin American literature since the 1960s.

The novel for which he is probably best known, "One Hundred Years of Solitude," interweaved dark fantasy and realism to attain the status of a classic and establish its author as the master of "magic realism."

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