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Book Title: One Hundred Years of Solitude|
The author of the book: Gabriel García Márquez
ISBN 13: 9780380015030
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 962 KB
Edition: Avon Books
Date of issue: January 1st 1971
Read full description of the books One Hundred Years of Solitude:"Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Col. Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice." It is typical of Márquez that it will be many pages before his narrative circles back to the ice & many chapters before the hero of One Hundred Years of Solitude stands before the firing squad. In between, he recounts such wonders as an entire town struck with insomnia, a woman who ascends to heaven while hanging laundry & a suicide that defies the laws of physics: "A trickle of blood came out under the door, crossed the living room, went out into the street, continued on in a straight line across the uneven terraces, went down steps & climbed over curbs, passed along the Street of the Turks, turned a corner to the right & another to the left, made a right angle at the Buendía house, went in under the closed door, crossed thru the parlor, hugging the walls so as not to stain the rugs, went on to the other living room, made a wide curve to avoid the dining-room table, went along the porch w/the begonias & passed w/out being seen under Amaranta's chair as she gave an arithmetic lesson to Aureliano José, & went thru the pantry & came out in the kitchen, where Úrsula was getting ready to crack 36 eggs to make bread. 'Holy Mother of God!' Úrsula shouted." The story follows 100 years of Macondo, a village founded by José Arcadio Buendía & occupied by descendants all sporting variations on their progenitor's name: his sons, José Arcadio & Aureliano, & grandsons, Aureliano José, Aureliano Segundo & José Arcadio Segundo. Then there are the women--the two Úrsulas, a handful of Remedios, Fernanda & Pilar--who struggle to remain grounded even as their menfolk build castles in the air. If it's possible for a novel to be highly comic & deeply tragic at the same time, then One Hundred Years does the trick. Civil war rages thruout, hearts break, dreams shatter & lives are lost, yet the effect is literary pentimento, with sorrow's outlines bleeding thru the vibrant colors of Márquez' magical realism. Consider the ghost of Prudencio Aguilar, whom José Arcadio Buendía has killed in a fight. So lonely is the man's shade that it haunts Buendía's house, searching anxiously for water w/which to clean its wound. Buendía's wife, Úrsula, is so moved that "the next time she saw the dead man uncovering the pots on the stove she understood what he was looking for, & from then on she placed water jugs all about the house." With One Hundred Years of Solitude Márquez introduced Latin American literature to a worldwide readership. Translated into over 24 languages, his brilliant novel of love & loss in Macondo stands at the apex of 20th-century literature.--Alix Wilber (edited)
Read information about the authorGabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist. García Márquez, familiarly known as "Gabo" in his native country, was considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century. In 1982, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
He studied at the University of Bogotá and later worked as a reporter for the Colombian newspaper El Espectador and as a foreign correspondent in Rome, Paris, Barcelona, Caracas and New York. He wrote many acclaimed non-fiction works and short stories, but is best-known for his novels, such as One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) 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 magical realism, which uses magical elements and events in order to explain real experiences. Some of his works are set in a fictional village called Macondo, and most of them express the theme of solitude.
(Arabic: جابرييل جارسيا ماركيز) (Hebrew: גבריאל גארסיה מרקס)
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