"like a hallucination from a Marquez novel"
Gabriel Garcia Marquez 1984
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Gabriel García Márquez (born 6 March 1927) is a Columbian novelist, short story writer, screenwriter and journalist.  He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.  He is best-known for his novels One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) and Love in the Time of Cholera (1985). His literary style is magical realism – he uses magical elements and events in otherwise ordinary situations.

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García Márquez has said that his political and ideological views were strongly shaped by his grandfather who, instead of telling him fairy tales when he was a child, would regale him with horrifying accounts of the Thousand Days War.  He was also inspired by the way his grandmother treated the extraordinary as something perfectly natural, filling his childhood with stories of ghosts and premonitions, omens and portents, and providing him with a way of looking at reality through a magical, superstitious and supernatural lens.  Several of his works incorporate magical realism, a style whereby frightful and unusual things are told with the deadpan expression, as simple fact.