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Paying The Price For Primark's Discount Craze

On the scene as Germany's 13th Primark branch was stormed by shoppers at its opening. Hard questions asked after the Bangladesh worker tragedy are lost in the furor of "Primania."

Germany's 13th Primark branch on Berlin's Alexanderplatz
Germany's 13th Primark branch on Berlin's Alexanderplatz
Thorsten Schmitz

BERLIN — It is 9 a.m. on a very sunny morning at Alexanderplatz and Jessica and her friend are standing in front of the entrance to the newest Primark branch. The two teenagers will wind up waiting patiently in line for the next three hours before the doors open at noon.

They have been looking forward to this moment for weeks with near feverish excitement. But wait, shouldn’t they be in school? "For Primark, we cut class."

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García Márquez And Truth: How Journalism Fed The Novelist's Fantasy

In his early journalistic writings, the Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez showed he had an eye for factual details, in which he found the absurdity and 'magic' that would in time be the stuff and style of his fiction.

Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez reads his book

J. D. Torres Duarte

BOGOTÁ — In short stories written in the 1940s and early 50s and later compiled in Eyes of a Blue Dog, the late Gabriel García Márquez, Colombia's Nobel Prize-winning novelist, shows he is as yet a young writer, with a style and subjects that can be atypical.

Stylistically, García Márquez came into his own in the celebrated One Hundred Years of Solitude. Until then both his style and substance took an erratic course: touching the brevity of film scripts in Nobody Writes to the Colonel, technical experimentation in Leaf Storm, the anecdotal short novel in In Evil Hour or exploring politics in Big Mama's Funeral. Throughout, the skills he displayed were rather of a precocious juggler.

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