The magic runs out for Nobel laureate García Márquez

Sam Jones in The Guardian:

Gabrielgarciamarquez200x284He may be a 78-year-old who picked up the Nobel prize for literature almost a quarter of a century ago, but, even so, few chroniclers would have foretold that Gabriel García Márquez would lay down his pen. Or has he?

“I’ve stopped writing,” the author told Barcelona’s La Vanguardia in an interview at his home in Mexico. “2005 was the first year in my life that I didn’t write a line.”

Despite the dramatic declaration, the Colombian went on to say there might yet be another book in him – if inspiration proved forthcoming. “With all the practice I’ve got, I’d have no problems writing a new novel,” he said. “But people do notice if you haven’t put your heart into it.”

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