Historical novels, in particular, allow us to relive the past without the neatness of history, and with all the complexity of the present.
Immigration, a lexicon. You're a 'migrant' when you're very poor; 'immigrant' when you're not so poor; and 'expat' when you're rich.
A name is precious; it carries inside it a language, a history, a set of traditions, a particular way of looking at the world. Losing it meant losing my ties to all those things too.
In some ways, I think it's the closest that we come to the truth — is in the form of fiction.
The universe had an odd sense of fairness; it took away things one did not want to give up, and then gave things one did not ask for.
No one wrote better about the sin of pride, the corruption of power and the redemption of love. I will miss you, Gabriel García Márquez.
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