Garcia Marquez: The man who made us discover ice and literature

In the ’90s, when fame followed him everywhere, Garcia Marquez, who was denied a US visa for many years because of his communist links and his headline-grabbing friendship with Castro, was delighted again when Bill Clinton, then US president, who was instrumental in getting his visa ban revoked, narrated verbatim to Gabo long and lilting passages from that seismic book, One Hundred Years of Solitude, at William Styron’s house in Martha’s Vineyard, the island where American presidents go for vacationing.

Between the fleeting acknowledgement by a towering literary personality and a full-throated fan-like approbation by an iconic American president, Garcia Marquez had completed a tumultuous journey that, at every step, brought to his legions of fans worldwide the same excitement Col. Aureliano Buendia feels when he goes with his father and discovers ice in arguably the best opening lines in 20th century literature. When William Kennedy, the American novelist,

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