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Maduro at Fidel Castro's 90th birthday celebration
Castro was an iconic figure of the past century

HAVANA — Fidel Castro, leader of Cuba's Communist revolution who ruled over the island nation in defiance of the United States for a half-century, died late Friday at the age of 90. Havana announced that the remains of the retired Líder Máximo would be cremated Saturday.

This was a tweet from the Cuban embassy in Washington, which recently reopened after the restoration of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba, orchestrated by Castro's brother and successor Raul Castro and President Barack Obama.

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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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