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Jacques Chirac: A Mirror Of France's Many Faces

Throughout an exceptionally long political career, Jacques Chirac, who died Thursday at 86, personified the paradoxes of a country passing from one century to another.

'He approached every affair with the same appetite'
"He approached every affair with the same appetite"

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PARIS — With the death of Jacques Chirac, an entire era is now gone. A part of French history has vanished: the France of World War II, and the post-War period embodied in the political legacy of Charles de Gaulle to decolonization and the economic growth of the "Trente Glorieuses' period (1945-1975), from political shifts and coalitions to mass unemployment and globalization, to the European adventure and its subsequent quagmire. We bid adieu to a France that was a political paradise before its descent into purgatory.

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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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