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One Hundred Years of Solitude

by Gabriel García Márquez

One of the twentieth 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. Rich and brilliant, it is a chronicle of life, death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the beautiful, ridiculous, 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. 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 account of the history of the human race.

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Recommendations: 2

Categories: ClassicsLiterature & Fiction

Reading time: 1315 hours


Cal Fussman
Journalist and Author

I like to give books that I've loved. I mentioned meeting Alex, and he didn’t know how to write a book. And he’s like, I want to write a great book. You could just tell it was bursting out of him. So I gave him Gabrielle Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Neil Strauss
Author and Journalist

Literature is story-telling in a magic world that can be weaved through fiction. So, I give that away.