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In Gabriel Garcia Marquez's beloved 1967 novel "One Hundred Years of Solitude," the Buendia family's endlessly energetic patriarch, Jose Arcadio, founds the city of Macondo alongside a river.Set in Iraq and Spain in the late-20th century, this poignant blend of humor and tragedy is narrated by Saleem al-Mutlaq, grandson of the formidable head of the Mutlaq clan.Like Jose Arcadio Buendia, Saleem's grandfather Mutlaq is a visionary and a charismatic, if flawed, leader. The tale begins with Saleem encountering his father in a Madrid club after 10 years of self-imposed exile but immediately flashes back to life in the quiet Iraqi village where he grew up.Like Marquez's characters, Saleem and his father Noah are bound to the past.It remains there for more than a decade, when Saleem comes across him in Spain."Dates on my Fingers" is a beautifully written, poetic and compelling tale of exile and identity, one that explores themes of love and loyalty, family, freedom and the weight of history.
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