One Hundred Years of Solitude

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Penguin, 2000 - Latin America - 422 pages
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Gabriel Garcia Marquez's great masterpiece is the story of seven generations of the Buenedia family and of Mocondo, the town they have built. Though little more than a settlement surrounded by mountains, Mocondo 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 Solitudeis one of the most daringly original works of the twentieth century.

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About the author (2000)

Gabriel Garcia Marquez was born on 6 March 1927 in Aractaca, Colombia, and died on 17 April 2014 in Mexico City, aged 87.

He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982 for a body of work that includes novels, works of non-fiction and collections of short stories.

His most famous works include Leaf Storm(1955), In Evil Hour(1962), One Hundred Years of Solitude(1967), 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), News of a Kidnapping(1996), Living to Tell the Tale(2002) and Memories of My Melancholy Whores(2004).

'Marquez writes in this lyrical, magical language that no-one else can do.'Salman Rushdie

'Marquez is a retailer of wonders.'Sunday Times

'An exquisite writer, wise, compassionate and extremely funny.'Sunday Telegraph

'An imaginative writer of genius.'Guardian

'The stories are rich and startling, confident and eloquent. They are magical.' John Updike

'One of this century's most evocative writers.'Anne Tyler

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