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A Rare Glimpse Aboard One Of France’s Silent But Deadly Nuclear Submarines

For France, nuclear deterrence is very much an underwater affair. At all times, one of the country’s four ballistic missile submarines quietly patrols the ocean depths. Armed to the teeth, each vessel is equipped to carry more than a dozen nuclear missile

A view from inside France's retired 'Le Redoutable
A view from inside France's retired "Le Redoutable
Nathalie Guibert

It's an abrupt shock to the ears, and it causes the eyes to widen, like a newborn who is hearing for the first time. The sound of shrimp resonates within the helmet, like a concert of a thousand castanets. On the computer screen, the latest-generation sonar paints green lines that look like tangled hair.

There are other sounds too, underwater echoes that are at once strange and curiously familiar, like footsteps on the wet floor of a bathroom. This time it's a sperm whale. Is it 10, 20 or 30 kilometers away? During the night shift on the bridge of the submarine, no one seems to notice. The animal is not a threat.

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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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