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  • INTERVIEWER:

    Do the journalist and the novelist have different responsibilities in balancing truth versus the imagination?

  • GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ:

    In journalism just one fact that is false prejudices the entire work. In contrast, in fiction one single fact that is true gives legitimacy to the entire work. That’s the only difference, and it lies in the commitment of the writer. A novelist can do anything he wants so long as he makes people believe in it.

  • From the Paris Review

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  • A sad day for literature and the world today with the passing of Garcia Marquez. I, for one, will miss him, but happy for the great works he left us. R.I.P.

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