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Gabriel García Márquez dies at 87; Nobel-winning writer was master of magical realism
Gabriel García Márquez dies at 87; Nobel-winning writer was master of magical realism

When Colonel Aureliano Buendía faced the firing squad, time slipped away, and his life became a dream. Before him rose the mythical town of Macondo and its retinue of gypsies and their pipes and kettle drums and magical inventions. Of course Buendía's dream belonged to the teller of the tale, Gabriel García Márquez, whose novel "One Hundred Years of Solitude" casts a spell upon readers that can never be broken. A Spanish galleon lies in the jungle, its hull "an armor of petrified barnacles and soft moss," its sails dirty rags, the rigging adorned with orchids. A child is born with the tail of a pig. Lovers tryst among butterflies and...

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