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This Happened — May 1: Fatal Crash Of A Formula 1 Legend

Ayrton Senna died on this day in 1994, in car crash during the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola.

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Who was Ayrton Senna?

Ayrton Senna was a Brazilian Formula One racing driver who is widely considered to be one of the greatest drivers in the history of the sport. He won three Formula One World Championships for McLaren in 1988, 1990 and 1991 and was known for his exceptional speed and skill on the track.

What happened during the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola?

During the qualifying session for the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix at Imola, Ayrton Senna's car went off the track and hit a wall at high speed. He suffered a fatal head injury as a result of the crash.

What caused Ayrton Senna's fatal crash?

The exact cause of Ayrton Senna's fatal crash has been the subject of much debate and investigation. The official report concluded that a combination of factors, including the design of the steering column and the suspension system of Senna's car, as well as the characteristics of the track at Imola, contributed to the accident.

What is Ayrton Senna's legacy?

Ayrton Senna's legacy as one of the greatest drivers in the history of Formula One is undisputed. He won 41 Grand Prix races and three World Championships during his career, and his skill, speed, and dedication to the sport have inspired countless racing fans and drivers around the world. His tragic death also led to important safety improvements in the sport, including changes to the design of cars and tracks, and a renewed focus on driver safety.

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Shame On The García Márquez Heirs — Cashing In On The "Scraps" Of A Legend

A decision to publish a sketchy manuscript as a posthumous novel by the late Gabriel García Márquez would have horrified Colombia's Nobel laureate, given his painstaking devotion to the precision of the written word.

Photo of a window with a sticker of the face of Gabriel Garcia Marquez with butterfly notes at Guadalajara's International Book Fair.

Poster of Gabriel Garcia Marquez at Guadalajara's International Book Fair.

Juan David Torres Duarte


BOGOTÁ — When a writer dies, there are several ways of administering the literary estate, depending on the ambitions of the heirs. One is to exercise a millimetric check on any use or edition of the author's works, in the manner of James Joyce's nephew, Stephen, who inherited his literary rights. He refused to let even academic papers quote from Joyce's landmark novel, Ulysses.

Or, you continue to publish the works, making small additions to their corpus, as with Italo Calvino, Samuel Beckett and Clarice Lispector, or none at all, which will probably happen with Milan Kundera and Cormac McCarthy.

Another way is to seek out every scrap of paper the author left and every little word that was jotted down — on a piece of cloth, say — and drip-feed them to publishers every two to three years with great pomp and publicity, to revive the writer's renown.

This has happened with the Argentine Julio Cortázar (who seems to have sold more books dead than alive), the French author Albert Camus (now with 200 volumes of personal and unfinished works) and with the Chilean author Roberto Bolaño. The latter's posthumous oeuvre is so abundant I am starting to wonder if his heirs haven't hired a ghost writer — typing and smoking away in some bedsit in Barcelona — to churn out "newly discovered" works.

Which group, I wonder, will our late, great novelist Gabriel García Márquez fit into?

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