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COVID-19 Sunset: A German Exodus From Spain's Costa del Sol

Around 140,000 Germans are residents in Spain, with large enclaves established on the southern coast. But in the last few years, numbers have been dwindling. Coronavirus could spell the end of retiring to the sunshine.

The dream of retiring to the Spanish sunshine has been wearing thin among Germans
The dream of retiring to the Spanish sunshine has been wearing thin among Germans
Christina Keilholz

TORROX COSTA — The Reiss family is looking on as, slowly but steadily, their neighborhood empties. For three years now, Szilvia and Michael Reiss have lived in a terraced house in Torrox Costa, a largely German populated enclave on the Spanish Costa del Sol. But now they are facing a cruel reality. "Only about 10% of our neighbors are coming back," says Szilvia Reiss.

Since July, Spain has been one of the countries where infection rates have risen sharply, and the German Foreign Office is warning citizens against traveling to the country. This means many German emigrants are cut off from their second homes. Coronavirus and its consequences could spell the end for the German community on the Costa del Sol.

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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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