'Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.
Pipes and kettledrums herald the arrival of gypsies on their annual visit to Macondo, the newly founded village where José Arcadio Buendfa and his strong-willed wife, Ursula, have started their new life. As the mysterious Melquiades excites Aureliano Buendfa and his father with new inventions and tales of adventure, neither can know the significance of the indecipherable manuscript that the old gypsy passes into their hands.
Through plagues of insomnia, civil war, hauntings and vendettas, the many tribulations of the Buendia household push memories of the manuscript aside. Few remember its existence and only one will discover the hidden message that it holds . . .
'It's the most magical book I have ever read. Marquez has influenced the world' -- Carolina Herrera
'Should be required reading for the entire human race -- The New York Times
''The greatest novel in any language of the last 50 years -- Salman Rushdie
'The most important writer of fiction in any language -- Bill Clinton
'Should be required reading for the entire human race -- New York Times
'No lover of fiction can fail to respond to the grace of Marquez's writing -- Sunday Telegraph
'It's so much fun to read, unexpected and beautiful -- Darryl Hannah
'The book that sort of saved my life -- Emma Thompson
'It's the most magical book I have ever read. I think Marquez has influenced the world -- Carolina Herrera
'A masterpiece and one of the undeniable classics of the century -- The Times Educational Supplement
'A tour deforce. Enchanting' The Times Literary Supplement 'Enormously, kaleidoscopically, mysteriously alive' Guardian 'Fantastic, amiable and ironic. Splendid' New Statesman 'Dazzling -- New York Times
'Every word and incident counts, everything hangs together, the work is a neady perfect organism -- Financial Times
About the Author
Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez (American Spanish: [ɡaˈβɾjel ɣarˈsi.a ˈmarkes] About this sound audio (help·info); 6 March 1927 – 17 April 2014) was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist, known affectionately as Gabo throughout Latin America.
Considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century, he was awarded the 1972 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature. He pursued a self-directed education that resulted in his leaving law school for a career in journalism. From early on, he showed no inhibitions in his criticism of Colombian and foreign politics. In 1958, he married Mercedes Barcha; they had two sons, Rodrigo and Gonzalo.
García Márquez started as a journalist, and wrote many acclaimed non-fiction works and short stories, but is best known for his novels, such as One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), The Autumn of the Patriarch (1975) and Love in the Time of Cholera (1985). His works have achieved significant critical acclaim and widespread commercial success, most notably for popularizing a literary style labeled as magic realism, which uses magical elements and events in otherwise ordinary and realistic situations.
Some of his works are set in a fictional village called Macondo (the town mainly inspired by his birthplace Aracataca), and most of them explore the theme of solitude.
On his death in April 2014, Juan Manuel Santos, the President of Colombia, described him as "the greatest Colombian who ever lived".
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