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Gabriel Garcia Marquez's "The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World" is a short story that explores the dichotomy of life and death.

On the surface, this story appears to be a rather tall-tale of a seaside village's reaction to finding the body of an unusually large man washed up along their beach. Indeed, there are a number of things that make this story seem implausible: the fact that the children play with the corpse after they discover it, the reactions of the village's women residents - cleaning his body and sewing new clothes only to throw him back into the sea, giving him a name, assigning villagers to be his parents and family members, and crying for the life they imagined he had - and the sheer size of the man. Beneath its bizarre surface, however, this story is about the promises of eternal life.

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