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This Happened — June 5: Tank Man Photograph

The famous tank man photo is an iconic image captured during the Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing, China, on this day in 1989. The photo depicts an unidentified Chinese man standing in front of a column of tanks, blocking their path.

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Who took the tank man photo?

The tank man photo was taken by AP photographer Jeff Widener. He captured the image from a sixth-floor balcony of the Beijing Hotel, overlooking Chang'an Avenue, where the confrontation between the lone protester and the tanks took place.

What happened during the Tiananmen Square protests?

The Tiananmen Square protests were a pro-democracy movement in China that took place in 1989. The protests, primarily led by students, called for political reforms, freedom of speech, and an end to corruption. The Chinese government declared martial law and deployed troops and tanks to suppress the protests. The demonstrations culminated in a violent crackdown on June 3-4, resulting in perhaps thousands of deaths, and widespread international condemnation.

What is the significance of the tank man photo?

The tank man photo has become a powerful symbol of peaceful resistance and defiance against oppression. It represents the courage and determination of ordinary individuals to stand up against overwhelming odds. The image has become an enduring icon of human rights and the fight for freedom, resonating with people around the world.

What happened to the tank man of Tiananmen?

The identity and fate of the tank man in the photo remain unknown. After his act of defiance, he was pulled aside and escorted away by a group of people. It is unclear what happened to him afterward, and his whereabouts and identity have never been definitively confirmed. His actions and his fate remain a subject of speculation and admiration.

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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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