Muhammad Idrees Ahmad
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Tuesday, June 14, 2011
The Magical Realism of Body Counts
A gypsy named Melquiades who died many years ago in Singapore returned to live with the family of Colonel Aureliano Buendia in Macondo, because he could no longer bear the tedium of death. These are the kinds of characters that populate Gabriel Garcia Marquez's magnificent work One Hundred Years of Solitude . Today they also seem to occupy the tribal badlands of Pakistan's north-western frontier.