García Márquez v. Vargas Llosa, 1976: photos of the famous literary fight emerge





The feud between the Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez and the Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa, onetime best of friends, had all the elements of a literary classic: accusations of betrayal, jealousy and adultery, and a brutal encounter 31 years ago when things turned bloody.

What it had lacked, however, was a wealth of documentary evidence.

That all changed this month, with the publication of two black-and-white portraits taken on Valentine’s Day, 1976, in Mexico City that show Mr. García Márquez with a shiner —- in turns smiling and serious —- two days after being slugged by Mr. Vargas Llosa. The writers are said not to have spoken to each other since the fight.



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