One Hundred Years Of Solitude  By Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1970) ABEE
One of the 20th century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and
acclaimed novel known throughout the world, and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prizewinning
The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history
of the Buendía family. It is a rich and brilliant chronicle of life and death, and the tragicomedy
of humankind. In the noble, ridiculous, beautiful, and tawdry story of the Buendía family, one sees
all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin
Love and lust, war and revolution, riches and poverty, youth and senility -- the variety of life,
the endlessness of death, the search for peace and truth -- these universal themes dominate the
novel. Whether he is describing an affair of passion or the voracity of capitalism and the
corruption of government, Gabriel García Márquez always writes with the simplicity, ease, and
purity that are the mark of a master.
Alternately reverential and comical, One Hundred Years of Solitude weaves the political, personal,
and spiritual to bring a new consciousness to storytelling. Translated into dozens of languages,
this stunning work is no less than an accounting of the history of the human race.
Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez (6 March 1927 – 17 April 2014) was a Colombian
novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist, known affectionately as Gabo throughout
Latin America. Considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century, he was awarded
the 1972 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature. He
pursued a self-directed education that resulted in his leaving law school for a career in
journalism. From early on, he showed no inhibitions in his criticism of Colombian and foreign
politics. In 1958, he married Mercedes Barcha; they had two sons, Rodrigo and Gonzalo.
García Márquez started as a journalist, and wrote many acclaimed non-fiction works and short
stories, but is best known for his novels, such as One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), The Autumn
of the Patriarch (1975) and Love in the Time of Cholera (1985). His works have achieved significant
critical acclaim and widespread commercial success, most notably for popularizing a literary style
labeled as magic realism, which uses magical elements and events in otherwise ordinary and realistic
situations. Some of his works are set in a fictional village called Macondo (the town mainly
inspired by his birthplace Aracataca), and most of them explore the theme of solitude.
R.I.P Gabriel García Márquez (6 March 1927 – 17 April 2014)
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