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Watch: OneShot — 80 Years Ago, End Of The Spanish Civil War

...and the beginning of Francisco Franco's decades of military dictatorship.

Detail of photograph from March in Salamanca
Detail of photograph from March in Salamanca

"Today, after having disarmed and captured the Red Army, the Nationalist troops have secured their final military objective. The war is over." On April 1, 1939, after almost three years of bloodshed, General Francisco Franco, leader of the nationalist movement, announced via a hand-written bulletin the defeat of the Republicans.

The same day, he officially proclaimed himself "Caudillo," head of Spain, plunging the country into 35 years of military dictatorship, marked by secret police, tight controls on the press and executions of political opponents.

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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.

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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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