Magic Realism in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude

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Varsha Chouhan


In his One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez with the help of magic realism, he talks about politics, history, culture, war, suffering and death in the mid-1960 of Colombi. The purpose behind portraying the politics of the region is to comment on how the nature of Latin American politics is towards absurdity, denial, and never-ending repetitions of tragedy. This enchanting colorful saga also deals with a wider social and political allegory- sometimes too surreal to be plausible, at times more real that any conventional realism could afford. Marquez uses magic realism as a tool to draw the reader in. He uses it as representation of Columbian culture which strongly influences the culture of the people living in the fictional town of Macondo. His magical flair merges fantastic with reality by introducing to the reader his Colombia, where myths, portents, and legends exist side by side with technology and modernity. These myths, along with other elements and events in the novel recount a large portion of Colombian history.


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Varsha Chouhan. “Magic Realism in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude”. The Creative Launcher, vol. 3, no. 6, Feb. 2019, pp. 82-86,


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