Well this was unexpected. Xinhua informs us that at once point in the 1960’s, while living in Cuba, the recently-passed master of magic realism, Gabo himself, slept on the sofa of its Havana bureau. This changes everything.
The Xinhua piece has some fantastic juxtaposition, especially in the first few lines:
In many of the unescapable sticky summer nights in Havana in the 1960s, a thirty-something young man slept on a sofa in the Xinhua bureau in the Cuban capital.
Two decades later, he won the Nobel Literature Prize and became world-known as a master of magical realism. That young man was Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Now Xinhua isn’t saying that Garcia Marquez’s success all stems from one night on a stick Havana sofa, but it certainly isn’t not saying it. The piece even interviews a few lovely bureaucrats who were working in the Havana office at the time, one of whom says, “When I saw his photo in 1982, when he was awarded the Nobel prize, I recognized it was the young man who slept on the couch of our room.”
Gabriel Garcia Marquez: expert journalist, legendary writer, and occasional crasher-upon of couches in Xinhua News.