"What’s your largest remaining goal in life?"
"I’m just a tourist in this world. I’m not trying to affect anything."
21 July 2014
“A dry, semi-humorous narration of specific situations came to define García Márquez’s work. Often he liked to focus on the backstory of events rather than on the events themselves. What looked to be unimportant details took on symbolic weight when placed under his ultra-zoom lens, assuming a significance they wouldn’t have otherwise. In a piece on Colombian veterans returning from the Korean War, he wrote that ‘the tendency to generalize seems to have been one of the main obstacles to clarifying the problem.’ Focusing on detail became for him an ethical stance against the glossing-over abstraction entails.”
— Jessica Sequeira, “Cultural Cannibal”
30 June 2014