Gabriel García Márquez: “The Solitude of Latin America”(1982)
“The Solitude of Latin America” was the aptly chosen title for Gabriel García Márquez’s 1982 acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize in Literature because, although Márquez (b. 1927) is the author of numerous books, short stories, screenplays and poems, he is best known for the novel One Hundred Years of Solitude. First published in Spanish as Cien años de soledad in 1967, it has been translated into thirty-seven languages and sold more than 20 million copies. The book garnered critical and popular acclaim and is considered one of the greatest novels of all time and perhaps the greatest novel to come out of Latin America.
The novel was written in a style that would come to be known as “magic realism,” a difficult term to define but what the critic Matthew Strecher has called “what happens when a highly detailed, realistic setting is invaded by something too strange to believe.” Marquez’s exploration of this literary style has been highly influential on other authors,...
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