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A Peek Inside Italy's Murky Match-Making Industry

In Italy, while some agencies put people in touch locally, others help customers find a spouse in Asia — and then fly them over for the nuptials.

Bride and groom hold hands at their wedding in Italy
Bride and groom hold hands at their wedding in Italy
Michele Sasso

NAPLES — Looking for love? How about an exciting, overseas adventure? Both, it turns out, are just a few clicks away. "If you feel lonely, wishing to wed and create a family, we offer you the possibility of combining an unforgettable journey in an Asian country with marriage to a sweet woman," one website promises.

Welcome to the "supermarket of love," where your age and past don't matter. All that counts is that you're "ready to open your heart." That, and your wallet, of course — to pay the agencies which specialize in these international match-making trips.

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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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