Gabriel García Márquez and the Powers of FictionBook - 2010
Together with the late Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel Garc#65533;a M#65533;rquez, the 1982 Nobel laureate, stands at the pinnacle of Latin American literature. His work, in the words of Julio Ortega, "contains its own 'deconstructive' force--a literary power capable of reshaping natural order and rhetorical tradition in order to 'carnivalize' the Borges' library and allow us to hear the voices--and the laughter--of a culture, that of Latin America." This reshaping force invites us to read the works of Garc#65533;a M#65533;rquez in a new way, one that bypasses the traditional, inadequate approaches through Latin American politics, history, and "magical realism."
In Gabriel Garc#65533;a M#65533;rquez and the Powers of Fiction, noted scholars Julio Ortega, Ricardo Guti#65533;rrez Mouat, Michael Palencia-Roth, An#65533;bal Gonz#65533;lez, and Gonzalo D#65533;az-Migoyo offer English-speaking readers a new approach to Garc#65533;a M#65533;rquez's work. Their poststructuralist readings focus on the peculiar sign-system, formal configuration, intradiscursivity, and unfolding representation in the novelsOne Hundred Years of Solitude,No One Writes to the Colonel,In Evil Hour,The Autumn of the Patriarch, andChronicle of a Death Foretold and in several of the author's short stories. Also included as an appendix is a translation of Garc#65533;a M#65533;rquez's Nobel Prize acceptance speech, "The Solitude of Latin America."