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Gabriel Garcia Marquez- winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature and author of One Hundred Years of Solitude- started his literary career with the publication of The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor . . . On February 22 we were told that we would be returning to ColumbiaIn 1955 eight crew members of Caldas- a Colombian destroyer- were swept overboard. Velasco alone survived- drifting on a raft for ten days without food or water. Marquez retells the survivors amazing tale of endurance- from his loneliness and thirst to his determination to survive. The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor was Marquezs first major work- published in a Colombian newspaper- El Espectador- in 1955 and then in book form in 1970.The story of Velasco on his raft- his battle with sharks over a succulent fish- his hallucinations- his capture of a seagull which he was unable to eat- his subsequent droll rescue- has all the grip of archetypal myth. Reads like an epic IndependentA master storyteller Daily MailGarcia Marquez is a retailer of wonders Sunday Times...
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