One Hundred Years of Solitude

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Date: 1970s

Region: South America

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Literature


Artist: Gabriel Garcia Marquez (b. 1928)

Confronting Bodies: Colombian Government

Dates of Action: 1970's

Location: Colombia

Description of Artwork: One Hundred Years of Solitude (Spanish: Cien años de soledad) is a novel which tells the multi-generational story of the Buendía family, whose patriarch, José Arcadio Buendía, founds the town of Macondo, the metaphoric Colombia. The non-linear story is narrated via different time frames, a technique derived from the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges (as in The Garden of Forking Paths).

The widely acclaimed story, considered by many to be the author's masterpiece, was first published in Spanish in 1967, and subsequently has been translated into thirty-seven languages and has sold more than 20 million copies.

The Incident: Government didnt like it

Results of Incident: Book was initially banned in Colombia but eventually allowed to be sold. Marquez won a Nobel Prize for this book.

Source: unnamed contributor; Wikipedia