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President AMLO Gets A History Lesson From Mexico's Pandemic

COVID-19 has barely distracted Mexico’s leftist government from its political and electoral priorities. It may be forgetting the price earlier governments paid for ignoring the plight of millions of Mexicans.

Mexican President Andreas Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO)
Mexican President Andreas Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO)
Luis Rubio

MEXICO CITY - There is nothing like a crisis to show us who we really are, to help see the best and worst in people, governments and countries.

I recall the climate of solidarity after the 1985 earthquake, which had the harshest of political repercussions and became a crucial agent of democratization in the years that followed. That was in part due to the government's evident incompetence in reacting to the tragedy, but especially showed society's ability to organize itself and decisively contribute to stabilizing the country. The late diplomat Adolfo Aguilar Zínser recalled it well in hi book Still It Trembles (Aún Tiembla), written a year after the quake.

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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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