Colombia as Muse

When I was in Cartagena, Colombia, for a month in January/February, a new audio guide to “The Cartagena of Gabriel Garcia Marquez” was released for the first time to the public.  I was so excited to be one of the first to take the tour, as the Nobel Prize-winning author’s story “Love in the Time of Cholera” was part of what drew me to this Caribbean seaport.  I found a city of romance and enchantment but also one of eerie windswept nights and a tumultuous colonial past.  These contrasts were captured in Garcia Marquez’s novels set in Cartagena, and the tour taught me so much about how the magic of the city informed his style of magical realism.  Read more about the link between the author and his muse in my feature from this Sunday’s Los Angeles Times Travel section.

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