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Hot Anxiety: The Invisible Victims Of A Heat Wave

Severe heat doesn't just threaten the physically vulnerable such as babies and the elderly. It also poses a serious risk to those suffering from anxiety.

In a very hot Hangzhou, China on Monday.
In a very hot Hangzhou, China on Monday.
Marie-Pierre Genecand

GENEVA — The refreshing, soothing and energizing rain finally came. Perhaps with the exception of the Sting fan who resented the Paléo Festival show being rained on, people welcomed the night's showers with open arms. It was a cooling relief in a region where a devastating heat wave has caused a 15% increase in the mortality rate of older citizens.

We know it by now because the message has been repeated time and time again: In case of abnormally high temperatures, we must take special care of children and old people, making sure to hydrate and feed them properly. Less visible in the media are people suffering from anxiety, whose conditions also worsen during severe heat.

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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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