Front page from a Colombian newspaper announcing the death Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Front page from a local newspaper announcing the death of Colombian 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, in Cali, Valle del Cauca department, Colombia. Photo by AFP
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As the world bids farewell to Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who died Thursday aged 87, President Shimon Peres mourned the author, saying the world would miss the "big dreamer."

Garcia Marquez "told children and us grown-ups about the truth of life in such a beautiful way," Army Radio cited Peres as saying on Friday.

"I had the privilege of meeting him in Colombia and he showed great interest in peace between us and the Palestinians," Peres said.

Garcia Marquez told him that until there was peace between Israel and the Palestinians "my heart is broken and I pray every day for the fulfillment of the dream of peace."

A prolific writer who started out as a newspaper reporter, Garcia Marquez's masterpiece was "One Hundred Years of Solitude," a dream-like, dynastic epic that helped him win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.

Garcia Marquez died at his home in Mexico City. He had returned home from hospital last week after what doctors said was a bout of pneumonia.