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Autumn of the Patriarch

Remembering the master of magical realism

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Though he was 87 when he died, it seems somehow inconceivable that the passing of Nobel Prize winning novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez isn’t just a wrinkle in the rich, malleable fabric of one his tales of magical realism. And yet, just like in his 1967 masterwork One Hundred Years of Solitude (translated into English in 1970), history inevitably repeats itself and death is one such repetition we must endure, though in Solitude’s fictional Macondo, ghosts and spirits remain to accompany the living. It would be fitting that of all the writers to leave this earth that Garcia Marquez, the consummate blender of magic and reality, would stick around in some form or another. In the meantime, this is the perfect…

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