I think it goes without saying that Gabriel Garcia Marquez, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, is a modern master and this can be seen in Leaf Storm And Other Stories (1955). Marquez stories always feel like timeless fables from another era, despite his apparent modernity-he creates his own universe like Borges and Faulkner. This collection was translated by Gregory Rabassa who translated three other Marquez classics (One Hundred Years of Solitude, The Autumn of the Patriarch, A Chronicle of a Death Foretold) recently died this year at age 94. The centerpiece of this collection, Marquez's first major work, is the novella "Leaf Storm" about a man forsaken by a town and another man coming to terms with his promise of having having him buried despite his pariah status. The atmosphere of the story is what sticks with the reader-the invented world of Marquez stars in the long tale. There are several other interesting parable-like tales included in this collection: "The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World," "A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings," "Blacaman the Good," "Vendor of Miracles," "The Last Voyage of the Ghost Ship," "Monologue of Isabel Watching It Rain in Macondo," and "Nabo."