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The Baltimore Sun

Making a path

Even though Gabriel Garcia Marquez's blending of fantasy and outrageous facts "told with a straight face," as he once put it, was pioneered by Cuban writer Alejo Carpentier, Mexico's Juan Rulfo and Argentina's Jorge Luis Borges, he lifted the technique from obscurity with the publication of "One Hundred Years of Solitude" in 1967.Ronaldo Schemidt / AFP/Getty Images