‘When the solitude in death becomes unbearable, the dead returns to Macondo.’
So do we. We return to Márquezian treatment of magical realism, blending fantasy with what is real and happening. It gives a panoramic view of Latin America with characters placed in an environment not just relatable to those living there but across the globe. In Marquezes’ novels, the history of a place becomes the history of the people. It is the layers of life that resonate throughout. Through that perspective, he segues to the political conditions of the place through which we learn about the place which the majority wouldn’t have had an idea about otherwise.
This Columbian writer and Nobel Laureate, without doubt, holds an inevitable place in the heart of every Malayali reader. Wilson Rocky in his recent book, Gabriel García Márquez”: Kadhayude Noopura Dhwanikal gives a detailed account of Marquezes’ style of writing and reading trivia every reader would like to know. A detailed study of his work presented in chronological order will throw light on the craft of this gifted writer whose works we are familiar with. The nuances of the characters of the many multigenerational epics that he penned are sketched in detail by Wilson Rocky.
A tribute to a significant author who shaped the phase of literature not just of Latin America but the entire literary world obliging each reader to read them over and over again to give birth to themselves anew as a reader and as a person.