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In Syria, Hunger And Humiliation As Weapons Of Mass Destruction

A writer in Damascus says Assad's regime is trying every tactic to reduce its adversaries to something subhuman. "Kneel," his soldiers laugh, "or you will go hungry ..."

Yarmouk refugee camp, home to the largest Palestinian refugee community in Syria
Yarmouk refugee camp, home to the largest Palestinian refugee community in Syria
Omar Kaddour

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DAMASCUS — About two months ago, here in the Syrian capital, people in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk were allowed to leave for a short time to buy food. They were told that each man had the right to bring a bag of pita bread back into the camp for his family. But when they came back, the men were stopped at a military checkpoint and their bread was taken away. In order to get it back and be allowed into the camp, they were told they had to kneel down and bark like dogs. An old man stepped forward, knelt down and started to bark, tears of humiliation streaming down his face.

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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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