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Meet The Dashing Czech Billionaire Leading The Fight Against Klaus And Corruption

Karel Janecek became a billionaire before 40. Now, as President Vaclav Klaus steps down in a cloud after a decade, Janecek is leading the fight for those who want to clean up Czech politics.

Meet The Dashing Czech Billionaire Leading The Fight Against Klaus And Corruption
Martin Plichta

PRAGUE –Through the office windows of his baroque palace, young billionaire Karel Janecek has a perfect view of the Prague castle. But with his shaggy blond mane and sparkling blue gaze, the 39-year-old has his gaze fixed squarely on March 8th, this Friday, when the Social Democrat Milos Zeman will replace outgoing President Vaclav Klaus, who has been ruling the country for the past decade.

Klaus' wide-reaching presidential amnesty of January 1 set free hundreds of people responsible for major financial infractions, and at the same time ruined the outgoing leader's positive image.

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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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