Gabriel García Márquez’s fiction began appearing in the late 1940s in Colombian newspapers, and his first dozen stories were published between 1947 and 1953. His first short story, ‘The Third Resignation’ (‘La tercera resignación’), was printed in 1947 in El Espectador. Several weeks later his second story, ‘Eva Is Inside Her Cat’ (‘Eva está dentro de su gato’), featured in the same newspaper.1 To be certain, a story printed in a Colombian newspaper at the time was very unlikely to receive much attention. The author’s earliest stories did not come out as a collection until much later, after the success of One Hundred Years of Solitude (Cien años de soledad, 1967). According to Gerald Martin, two days after the publication of ‘Eva Is Inside Her Cat’, an influential journalist, Eduardo Zalamea Borda, recognized García Márquez’s talent: ‘In Gabriel García Márquez we are witnessing the birth of a remarkable writer.’2 There was certainly not as yet a definitive place in Latin American literature for the novice writer.
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