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Nobel laureate Garcia Márquez’s Colombian hometown hopes to make magic out of his legacy

A mural of Nobel laureate and author Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Aracataca, Colombia. Garcia Marquez died Thursday at the age of 87. His hometown of Aracataca was the inspiration for “Macondo,” the mythical village in many of his literary works.

Nobel Laureate Gabriel García Márquez is being remembered Monday in his adopted country of Mexico. But in his Colombian hometown of Aracataca, the village still struggles to capitalize on its reputation as the real Macondo.

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