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Gabriel García Márquez

Gabriel García Márquez is admired in Europe as the author of One Hundred Years of Solitude and as a Latin American intellectual who speaks for the downtrodden of his continent, but his full story is more complex

By Charles Lane   November 1997

Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Falklands war produced its share of sensational stories, but none more so than the one published by Gabriel García Márquez in the Madrid newspaper El Pais on 6th April 1983, a year after the war ended. Based on a purported letter from an unnamed witness, it told of gruesome atrocities perpetrated by the Gurkhas, the British Army’s Nepalese auxiliaries. García Márquez, who had won the Nobel prize for literature the previous year, wrote that the “legendary and ferocious Nepalese decapitators,” wielding “assassins’…

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