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Jessica M. Orpiano GAS B3 21 st CENTURY LITERATURE FROM THE PHILIPPINES AND THE WORLD THE HANDSOMEST DROWNED MAN IN THE WORLD By: Gabriel Garcia Marquez GENRE The genre of the story is “MAGICAL REALISM” Magical Realism – is a genre that portrays both reality and fantasy. AUTHOR The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World " is a short story written by Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez in 1968. Originally written in Spanish, the story was translated into English in 1972, and was published with a collection of Marquez’s short stories entitled Leaf Storm and Other Stories . By the time this touching story hit U.S. bookstores, Marquez was already famous for his stunning novel 100 Years of Solitude , published in 1967. 100 Years of Solitude catapulted Marquez to fame, had a huge impact on the world of Latin American writers, helped establish magical realism as a literary genre, and led to Marquez’s Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982. LITERARY PIECE Gabriel Garcia Marquez began writing fiction as a young journalist in Bogota, Colombia, in the late 1940s. His masterpiece, Cien anos de Soledad {One Hundred Years of Solitude) , received worldwide critical acclaim when it was published, first in Spanish in 1967 and then in translation after 1970. Many of his short stories were written before this novel, but were not published collectively until 1972 or later. Thus, readers and critics were already familiar with his style when they read “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World,” one of the short stories published in Leaf Storm and Other Stories in 1972. DESCRIPTION/ SUMMARY “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World” begins with the children of the seaside fishing village. They see the drowned man floating ashore; at first they think he is an enemy ship, then a whale. The discovery that he is a drowned man does not dampen their sense of play at all: They proceed, in the beach sand, to bury and dig him up repeatedly. Responsible adults see the drowned man and take over. The village men carry the body to the village, noting that the drowned man is enormously heavy, tall, and encrusted with ocean debris. Even though his face is covered, they know he is a stranger because no man in the village is missing. Instead of going fishing that night, the men leave the body with the

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