Ranks 97th on The Fictional
The following books will introduce you to Colonel Aureliano
Buendía, who said these words in Gabriel García Márquez's novel, One
Hundred Years of Solitude.
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- García Márquez, Gabriel. One
Hundred Years of Solitude (Gregory Rabassa, Trans.).
New York: Harper & Row, 1970.
- The foremost example of "magical
realism," which laces the fantastic into the
familiar with such subtlety that the sense of
reality is not lost but heightened. The
charismatic but aloof Col. Buendía is the focal
point of solitude and the key to appreciating
this novel, which gave Latin American fiction a
- Bell-Villada, Gene H. García
Márquez: The Man and His Work. Chapel Hill:
University of North Carolina Press, 1990.
- Clearly written, indispensable guide to the
novels and the influences shaping them.
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