One Hundred Years of Solitude

Originally published May 30, 1967
Author Gabriel García Márquez
Publisher Harper & Row

Novel-fairy tale, novel-metaphor, novel-allegory, novel-saga – as soon as critics did not call Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s work “One Hundred Years of Solitude.” The novel, which came out just over half a century ago, became one of the most widely read works of the twentieth century.

Throughout the novel, Marquez describes the history of the small town of Macondo. Such a village exists in reality – in the wilderness of tropical Colombia, not far from the writer’s homeland. But thanks to Marquez the name of this city will forever become an association with the town-fairy tale.

The novel is imbued with the deep warmth and sympathy of the writer to everything that is depicted: to the town, to its inhabitants, to their usual daily worries. And Marquez himself often admitted that “One Hundred Years of Solitude” is a novel devoted to his memories from his childhood.

The novel accurately displays almost a century-long history of the whole of Colombia (40s of the XIX century – 3rd years of the twentieth century). It was a time of significant social upheaval in the country: a series of civil wars, interference in the measured life of Colombia banana company from North America. About all this little Gabriel once learned from his grandfather.

The novel is still among the ten most popular works of the last century. I think everyone finds something in him, sometimes inexplicable words. The themes raised by the author cannot leave anyone indifferent: family relations, moral issues, war and peace, people’s desire to live in harmony with themselves and the world around them, destroying the power of idleness, depravity, self-isolation.