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Five of the best novels from Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez


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Gabriel García Márquez, often affectionately known as Gabito, was a Colombian novelist and short-story writer. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.

He lived from March 6th 1927 until his death on this day, April 17th, in 2014, and was one of the primary authors of the ‘magical realism’ movement in Latin America. To mark the occasion, here are five of his most well-loved works.

Cien años de Soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude)

Let’s start with the most famous. Published in 1967, this novel chronicles seven generations of the Buendía family. Like many of García Márquez’s novels, it’s set in the fictional village of Macondo (which incidentally, is the inspiration for the title of a short story anthology from various Latin American writers, called McOndo. But that’s another story). This instant bestseller marked the beginning of García Márquez’s rise to international acclaim.

El amor en los tiempos de cólera (Love in the Time of Cholera)

Inspired by the love of his own parents, this beautiful tale charts the love between Florentino and Fermina, rekindled after more than six decades.

El otoño de la patriarca (The Autumn of the Patriarch)

 This highly political 1975 novel is rumoured to have cost García Márquez a decade in researching dictatorships around the world. The novel looks at political and moral decay, in a not-so-subtle commentary on the history of dictatorship, especially within the author’s own continent.

Crónica de una muerte anunciada (Chronicle of a Death Foretold)

This delicious exercise in fate charts the leadup to an aftermath of the murder of Santiago Nasar. The Vicario brothers tell the entire village of their plan to kill him, and yet, in this often sharply funny novel, no one manages to prevent the inevitable death.

El general en su laberinto (The General in His Labyrinth)

A mix of history and fiction, The General in His Labyrinth follows the story of ‘El Libertador’, Simón Bolívar, the 19th-century General and one of the most important figures of Latin American history.

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