One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) by Gabriel García Márquez


Critical Assessment "We live in an age of invented, alternate worlds. Tolkien’s Middle-earth, Rowling’s Hogwarts, the dystopic universe of 'The Hunger Games,' the places where vampires and zombies prowl: These places are having their day. Yet in spite of the vogue for fantasy fiction, in the finest of literature’s fictional microcosms there is more truth than fantasy. In William Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha, R. K. Narayan’s Malgudi and, yes, the Macondo of Gabriel García Márquez, imagination is used to enrich reality, not to escape from it." Salman Rushdie, "Magic in the Service of Truth," The New York Times, April 21, 2014 First Excerpt [...]