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Argentina: Fernández-Kirchner Looks Like Medvedev-Putin

Argentines were hoping Alberto Fernández would be autonomous from his VP and former president Cristina Kirchner. But he's beginning to look like the puppet that former Russian President Dimitri Medvedev was to Putin.

Alberto Fernandez and Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner
Alberto Fernandez and Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner
Fernando Gonzalez

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BUENOS AIRES — Argentine President Alberto Fernández is not the only politician for whom becoming head of state was once but a dream. In Russia there is Dmitri Anatolyevich Medvedev, who was president between 2008 and 2012 after being handpicked by the country's strongman Vladimir Putin. As a trusted loyalist, he would never threaten the leadership of the man who has wielded absolute power in Russia for two decades.

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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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