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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Gabriel Garcia Marquez Wins In Fight Over "Chronicle Of a Death Foretold"

A Colombian court has finally ended a long legal battle over whether Gabriel Garcia Marquez improperly used another man's story in his famous work Chronicle of a Death Foretold. The court has ruled that  "Hundreds of literary, artistic, and cinematographic works have had as their central story facts from real life, which have been adapted to the creator's perspective, without this being an impediment to [the author's right] to claim economic rights over them." Another man, Miguel Reyes Palencia, had claimed that Mr. Garcia Marquez, had based the central figure of the novel on him, and had requested that the court award him royalties and a "co-author" credit. More here from the Guardian. Background here in Spanish.

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