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Equally tragic, joyful and comical, Gabriel Garcia Marquez's masterpiece of magical realism, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a seamless blend of fantasy and reality, translated from the Spanish by Gregory Rabassa in Penguin Modern Classics. Gabriel Garcia Marquez's great masterpiece is the story of seven generations of the Buendia family and of Macondo, the town they have built. Though little more than a settlement surrounded by mountains, Macondo has its wars and disasters, even its wonders and miracles. A microcosm of Columbian life, its secrets lie hidden, encoded in a book and only Aureliano Buendia can fathom its mysteries and reveal its shrouded destiny. Blending political reality with magic realism, fantasy with comic invention, One Hundred Years of Solitude is one of the most daringly original works of the twentieth century. Gabriel Garcia Marquez (b. 1928) was born in Aracataca, Colombia. He is the author of several novels, including Leaf Storm (1955), One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), The Autumn of the Patriarch (1975), Chronicle of a Death Foretold (1981) and The General in His Labyrinth (1989). He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.

If you enjoyed One Hundred Years of Solitude, you might like Love in the Time of Cholera, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'With a single bound Gabriel Garcia Marquez leaps on the stage with Gunter Grass and Vladimir Nabokov ...dazzling' The New York Times

Fiction & PoetryClassic fiction pre 1945Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 31/08/2000 ISBN-13: 9780141184999  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Author) Gabriel Garcia Marquez was born in Aracataca, Colombia, in 1927. He studied at the National University of Colombia in Bogota, 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 is the author of several novels and collections of stories, including Eyes of a Blue Dog (1947), Leaf Storm (1955), No One Writesto the Colonel (1958), In Evil Hour (1962), Big Mama's Funeral (1962), One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), Innocent Erendira and Other Stories (1972), The Autumn of the Patriarch (1975), Chronicle of a Death Foretold (1981), Love in the Time of Cholera (1985), The General in His Labyrinth (1989), Strange Pilgrims (1992), Of Love and Other Demons (1994) and Memories of My Melancholy Whores (2005). Many of his books arepublished by Penguin. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. Gabriel Garcia Marquez died in 2014.

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Customer Reviews

OK so the author is world renowned and has won the Nobel prize for literature and therefore must be an excellent writer, which I'll not dispute. Based on this book which is the only one of his I've read I just didn't get it. I thought the book over-long, tedious with a cast of characters all having the same names I couldn't really care less about any of them. There's a sort of family tree early on that you need to refer to but after a short while I didn't bother. I waited and waited for something to happen but it doesn't, not that that's a bad thing in itself but this was just about the most boring thing I've ever read aside from Moby Dick. Did it lose something in translation? Javier Marias writes in Spanish but his novels translate beautifully. Maybe I should have been warned off by the 'magic realism' tag - I'll know to steer clear of any similar books in future. Definitely not for me - read Infinite Jest instead, or Ulysses!

- 15/06/2018
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A Spanish critic, upon visiting Garcia Marquez’s hometown of Cartagena, chided that the author was merely recording the reality of Colombia, like “a notary without imagination.” It has the honour of having my favourite opening and closing sentences of any book I have ever read. Do not be discouraged by the density of the book; it is well worth a dozen false starts, as long as one day you complete it. This work of Garcia Marquez’s is earth-shattering in its beauty. - Cindy.

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 22/02/2011

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