He would have been 90 years old today. In reading a remembrance, there was this particular quote:
“The more power you have, the harder it is to know who is lying to you and who is not. When you reach absolute power, there is no contact with reality, and that’s the worst kind of solitude there can be. A very powerful person, a dictator, is surrounded by interests and people whose final aim is to isolate him from reality; everything is in concert to isolate him.”
— From The Paris Review Interviews, Gabriel García Márquez, The Art of Fiction No. 69
How very apt.