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García Márquez's Grandson Quietly Enters Literary World

Mateo García Elizondo's debut novel, which explores the limits of consciousness, marks his first steps on the literary path set by his grandfathers, two eminences of modern Spanish-language literature.

García Elizondo speaks at the University of Cartagena in 2016
García Elizondo speaks at the University of Cartagena in 2016
Nelson Fredy Padilla

BOGOTÁMateo García Elizondo is the grandson of two great figures of 20th century Latin American literature: the Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez and the Mexican writer and poet, Salvador Elizondo Alcalde. Born in Mexico City in September 1987, García Elizondo has quietly built himself a writing career before his family name weighed in — not unlike his uncle, film director Rodrigo García Barcha.

García Elizondo's father is García Márquez's younger son Gonzalo García Barcha, a graphic designer, and his mother is the photographer Pía Elizondo. His first novel Una cita con la Lady ("A Date With Lady"), "a heroin addict's hypnotic trip to the end of the night," is to be published in November by Anagrama, and in Italian by Feltrinelli.

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Welcome to Thursday, where more Ukrainian soldiers surrender in Mariupol, Sri Lanka defaults on its debt,and George W. Bush offers an epic geopolitical gaffe. Meanwhile, Lili Bai in Chinese-language digital media The Initium looks at what’s driving the current “expat exodus” at play in Shanghai.

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