Further Reading

Translated from Spanish to English in 1970, One Hundred Years of Solitude stands as Garcia Marquez’s best-known novel. It combines historical and fictional elements to tell the story of the rise and fall of a small, fictitious town-Macondo, Colombia. Many critics claim that while the novel reflects the political, social, and economic ills of South America, it actually depicts a more universal worldview.

Many reviewers rate Garcia Marquez’s 1975 novel, The Autumn of the Patriarch, as his second-finest work. He attempts different stylistic techniques in this story of a political tyrant who has ruled for so long no one can remember his predecessor. Garcia Marquez writes stream-of-consciousness-like sentences and uses a great deal of color and imagery to tell this tale.

While the main character in The Autumn of the Patriarch lives in great isolation and never knows love, the main characters in Love in the Time of Cholera experience all kinds of love. Published in 1988 the book tells the story of star-crossed lovers who find themselves back together after over 50 years of separation.

Garcia Marquez writes about Simon Bolivar in his historical fiction, The General in His Labyrinth. This 1990 novel depicts General Bolivar, the liberator of Latin America, leaving for exile in the face of his former admirers’ derision.

Author Bill Boyd produced a nonfiction biography that reads like a novel with 1998’s Bolivar, Liberator of a Continent: A Dramatized Biography. This accessible text tells the story of Simon Bolivar with both personal and political detail; Boyd also gives some attention to Bolivar’s relationship with the United States.

A rabid dog bites a nobleman’s twelve-year-old daughter in Garcia Marquez’s Of Love and Other Demons. This 1995 story becomes more complicated when an exorcist falls in love with the girl.

Another author who has successfully combined magical realism with historical detail and political commentary is Isabel Allende. Her 1982 debut novel (first published in the United States in 1985), The House of Spirits, tells the story of a Chilean family through multiple generations, touching on themes of pride, class, power, sexuality, and spirituality.

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