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Gabriel García Márquez

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Artboard 1Years García Márquez gave up writing before beginning work on One Hundred Years of Solitude5AuthorBorn in Colombia, Gabriel García rquez was a prolific author and journalist. His novel One Hundred Years of Solitude became an international best seller and introduced readers to magic realism, a mix of traditional storytelling and fantastical elements. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982.GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ1927–2014Age at which García Márquez had experienced or learned everything he writes about in the book8Languages into which One Hundred Years of Solitude has been translated~25Copies sold since the book's initial publicationSymbolsYellow & GoldThe colors symbolize the Spanish Golden Age and imperialism.RailroadThe coming of the railroad marks Macondos transition from quaint village tothriving center.>50MThemesLoveWhether lustful, familial, or a mix of both, love takes many forms and drives muchof the storys plot.Magic RealismElements of magic combine with realism to depict fictional Macondo, based on the country of Colombia.Past & PresentThe past haunts and influences the present, with dead characters appearing as ghosts and nostalgia guiding decisions.José ArcadioBuendíaÚrsulaIguaránJosé ArcadioRebecaAmarantaColonel AurelianoBuendíaPilarArcadioAurelianoJosé17 childrenSanta Sofíade la PiedadRemedios theBeautyJosé ArcadioSegundoAurelianoSegundoFernanda delCarpioJosé Arcadio (II)Meme Renata RemediosAureliano (II)AmarantaÚrsulaAureliano (III)Patriarch of Buendía family; founder of MacondoBuendía family matriarch; lives to be 150First son; leaves MacondoAdopted orphan; eats earthDaughter; jealous of RebecaSecond son; becomes a rebel commanderSchoolmasterGrows up a hermit; later a scholarSet in the fictional South American town of Macondo, One Hundred Years of Solitude recounts the rise and fall of the Buendía family over more than a century. The story starts with the founding of Macondo by the family patriarch and traces the family as it evolves and lives in the magical town doomed for destruction.A Family Tale Across GenerationsMAIN CHARACTERSMelquíadesProphet; brings modern inventions to MacondoMacondoThe fictional town and its growth over more than a century represent thetroubled history of Colombia.One Hundred Years of Solitudeby the NumbersMarriedNot MarriedChildrenAdoptedChildren Narrator, Chapter 3e really had been through death, but he had returned because he could not bear the solitude.Sources: Biograp