Synopses & Reviews
One of the 20th century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude
is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world, and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize-winning career.
The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. It is a rich and brilliant chronicle of life and death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the noble, ridiculous, beautiful, and tawdry story of the Buendía family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America.
Love and lust, war and revolution, riches and poverty, youth and senility -- the variety of life, the endlessness of death, the search for peace and truth -- these universal themes dominate the novel. Whether he is describing an affair of passion or the voracity of capitalism and the corruption of government, Gabriel García Márquez always writes with the simplicity, ease, and purity that are the mark of a master.
Alternately reverential and comical, One Hundred Years of Solitude weaves the political, personal, and spiritual to bring a new consciousness to storytelling. Translated into dozens of languages, this stunning work is no less than an accounting of the history of the human race.
“More lucidity, wit, wisdom, and poetry than is expected from 100 years of novelists, let alone one man.” Washington Post Book World
“The first piece of literature since the Book of Genesis that should be required reading for the entire human race.” William Kennedy, New York Times Book Review
One Hundred Years of Solitude is a classic novel known throughout the world. One of the 20th century's enduring works of art, it is the ultimate achievement in Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Nobel Prize -- winning career.
The story of the village of Macondo, as seen through the lives of the Buendia family, is told with Marquez's trademark mastery of magical realism. Alternately reverential and comical, One Hundred Years of Solitude weaves the political, personal, and spiritual to bring a new consciousness to storytelling.
One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendia family. Inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad, and alive with unforgettable men and women--brimming with truth, compassion, and a lyrical magic that strikes the soul--this novel is a masterpiece in the art of fiction.
A classic novel known throughout the world, this book is one of the 20th century's enduring works of art and the ultimate achievement in the author's Nobel Prize-winning career.
About the Author
Gabriel García Márquez was born in 1928 in the town of Aracatca, Colombia. Latin America's preeminent man of letters, he is considered by many to be one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. He began his writing career as a journalist and is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera. Gabriel Márquez was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.