January 28, 2021

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Peter Carey: Like Joyce, García Márquez gave us a light to follow into the unknown

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The greatest writer of our time showed us that a large and generous heart is no impediment to genius, says Peter Carey

Gabriel García Márquez in Monterrey in 2007Gabriel García MárquezSometime in the very early 1970s two Australian friends returned from Colombia and asked me to ghostwrite the story of their adventures, which included a conversation with an unknown writer named Gabriel García Márquez. In an effort to overcome my reluctance they lent me an English edition of One Hundred Years of Solitude. None of us understood that they had thereby changed my life.

I tried, and failed, to help them memorialise their adventure. Worse, I “forgot” to return the book. Worse still, I arrogantly decided that this novel by this unknown writer would be of far more use to me than it could ever be to them.

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