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Lavinia

Lavinia

Innocent Erendira and Other Stories - Gregory Rabassa, Gabriel García Márquez Oh, the first story - A very old man with enormous wings - is absolutely fantastic, and it reminded me of this wonderful painting by Romanian artist Stefan Caltia:

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I haven't always liked reading short stories. But I realise now what amount of work it takes to tell a story in only a few pages, to concentrate all the ideas you would put in tens or hundreds of pages (supposed you were to write a novel) in just a few paragraphs. And sometimes, I guess, writing stories gives you the freedom of exploring new techniques - as in one of these stories, where the first full stop is actually at the very end and I had to read it in full speed, holding my breath.

I finally made up my mind. Marquez kicks Pamuk's ass.