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The Myth Of The Greek Recovery

While European politicians have been hailing an economic uptick in the troubled Greek economy, Greeks themselves have yet to see any real signs of rebound. What explains the divide?

Trade unions protest against government plans to cut public sector jobs in Athens, July 2013
Trade unions protest against government plans to cut public sector jobs in Athens, July 2013
Alain Salles

ATHENS — After my last visit to Athens eight months ago, I am again in the capital city of Greece. Changes aren’t really visible. The cafés are full, the shops and flats are still covered with “for sale” or “for rent” signs, and the homeless still roam the city.

Is Greece doing better? For a few months, European politicians have been more positive about the country’s situation. European finance ministers say they are ready to talk about debt restructuring. The country might even show slight economic growth in 2014 after a six-year recession, and the consumer confidence index is improving too.

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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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