Twelve Stories of Solitude

Garcia Marquez sends some innocents abroad to Europe

Although he won international acclaim as a novelist, Gabriel Garcia Marquez made his publishing debut with a book of short stories, and he has never abandoned the form. Strange Pilgrims (Knopf; 188 pages; $21), his fourth collection, proves again that the author's distinctive magic realism can come in relatively small containers. But it does so with a difference. These 12 stories take place far from the vivid South American settings of his other tales and novels, including One Hundred Years of Solitude (1970) and Love in the Time of Cholera (1988). In a prologue the 1982 Nobel laureate notes the theme...

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