Gabriel García Márquez book inspires Iran's opposition movement
Guardian / Saeed Kamali Dehghan

The Nobel-prize winning author Gabriel García Márquez is revered for his evocation of a surreal and sometimes dangerous world where nothing is quite what it seems.

In this case, however, the country in question is not his native Colombia but Iran under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Copies of Márquez's 1996 work News of a Kidnapping have sold out from bookshops in Tehran this week after detained opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi said the book's description of Colombian kidnappings offers an accurate reflection of his life under house arrest.

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