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Although Marquez left Aracataca aged eight, the town and its inhabitants never seemed to leave hime, and suffuse his fiction.

Is the first clause reduced?

Is its original form 'Although Marquez left Aracataca when he was aged eight'?

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It is not very natural. It should be this:

Although Marquez left Aracataca at the age of aged eight, the town and its inhabitants never seemed to leave him, and suffuse his fiction.

Although Marquez left Aracataca when he was aged eight, the town and its inhabitants never seemed to leave him, and suffuse his fiction.

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Thank you very much.

AlpheccaStarsIt is not very natural

But the structure is still grammatically correct, isn't it?

Barely.