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Gabriel García Márquez

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It was his 90th birthday this week. A huge literary influence for me, Gabriel García Márquez's writing was like a Latin flavor of impressionistic painting - but with words. He had the gift of transportation - bringing the reader into his version of home - a South America whose flamboyant natural world often eclipsed the epic tales of love and solitude of its people. He was one of the progenitors of 'magical realism' - that natively Latin American style infusing the so-called…

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