Special Features

On Translation and García Márquez

A speech delivered by Edith Grossman at the 2003 PEN Tribute to García Márquez, held in New York City on November 5, 2003. You may read it here.

Serenade: How My Father Met My Mother

From the February 19/26, 2001 New Yorker. García Márquez relates the story of his parents' courtship and marriage, the inspiration behind Love in the Time of Cholera. You may read it here. (Text from the New Yorker.)

The Power of Gabriel García Márqez

From the September 27, 1999 New Yorker, this excellent article by Jon Lee Anderson discusses Gabo's relationship with Colombia, politics, and the newspaper Cambio. You may read it here. (Text from the New Yorker.)

Shipwrecked on Dry Land

From the March 29, 2000 New York Times, this op-ed piece is a compassionate plea to consider the mental stability of the 6-year old Cuban "refugee" Eliás Gonzáles. You may read it here. (Text from the New York Times online site.)

Songs Spun on Island Time: Call for Papers


Since 1998, our goal at MARGIN has been to explore modern magical realism. In this first in a series of special theme issues, we will address the diversity of voices from the Caribbean Islands, celebrating their particular manifestations of literary magical realism.
For general guidelines and qualifications for submission, visit MARGIN, at:

Accepting fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Simultaneous submissions and previously published work okay. We accept both e-mail or surface mail submissions. No submission fees. Please read the theme issue guidelines carefully.

Deadline: October 1, 2003.
Estimated reply time is the end of January 2004 or sooner. (Please note the staff goes on holiday hiatus in December of 2003.)

MARGIN's SONGS SPUN IN ISLAND TIME exploration will be launched in March 2004. If you have any questions about this special theme, don't hesitate to contact us:

The Editors
MARGIN: Exploring Modern Magical Realism
E-mail: smike10@qwest.net
URL: http://www.magical-realism.com

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His fervour for the written word was an interweaving of solemn respect and gossipy irreverence -- Send email to the Great Quail -- comments, suggestions, corrections, criticisms, submissions . . . all are welcome!

--Allen B. Ruch
18 November 2003