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Why A Detested Dilma Will Survive Brazilian Anger

Faced with an economic downturn and corruption among state officials, the middle class is venting its fury at Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. But that may not be enough to oust her.

Why A Detested Dilma Will Survive Brazilian Anger
Eleonora Gosman

SAO PAULO — When Sao Paulo's main thoroughfare was packed Sunday with opponents of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and her Workers' Party (PT), it brought to mind what happened on that very spot 12 years ago, when the same Workers' Party held a massive gathering to celebrate the victory of President-elect Luis Inacio Lula da Silva. It seems the progressive movement led by the former trade unionist has lost one battle at least, that of keeping the middle class on its side.

They want an end to corruption, and they're demanding solutions to economic adjustments that are proving painful. But middle-class Brazilians have no political "boss" to whom they've pledged their support. And it seems unlikely that Rousseff's political opposition, the Social Democrats, has any chance to win over this electoral bloc, which tired a while back of the party's vague discourse and internal rifts.

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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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