He had smoked 30,000 cigarettes and run through 120,000 pesos (about $10,000). Mercedes asked, “And what if, after all this, it’s a bad novel?”

Sally Soames, for Vanity Fair, writes a long and lovely memorial to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, his most famous novel One Hundred Years of Solitude, and his agent Carmen Balcells.

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