No One Writes to the Colonel and Other Stories

by Gabriel García Márquez. Harper & Row, $5.95. The author was born in Colombia, and these stories are set there, in a town which could sue Mr. Márquez for defamation of character if towns were entitled to such action. Each story, tragic, humorous, or fantastic, is complete in itself (one has appeared in the Atlantic), but together they form a communal portrait of great social complication and psychological interest.