September 11, 1978 12:00 PM

by Gabriel García Márquez

These short stories offer many of the same rewards as the García Márquez novels, One Hundred Years of Solitude and The Autumn of the Patriarch. Those books are so dense with incident and imagery that the reader feels he is drowning in the very richness of life and must come up for air. This volume of short stories provides its own breathing spaces. But García Márquez’ astonishing Latin countries (he’s a Colombian)—where oranges have diamonds inside them and where the dead finally become weary of their own deaths—are still vibrant. “Don’t open that door,” one character warns another in a story called Eyes of a Blue Dog. “The hallway is full of difficult dreams.” (Harper & Row, $8.95)

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