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Gabriel García Márquez: working magic with ‘brick-faced’ realism

One Hundred Years of Solitude’s author took cues from Kafka – and his grandmother – to tell an impossible story that disarms the reader’s scepticism

When asked how he started writing fiction, Gabriel García Márquez told the Paris Review that it began with Kafka’s The Metamorphosis:

Gabriel García Márquez 1a Edgard Garrido Reuters“The first line almost knocked me off the bed. I was so surprised. It reads: ‘As Gregor Samsa awoke…

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