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gabriel garcia marquez and magic realism in one hundred years of solitude





“The tone that I eventually used in One Hundred Years of Solitude was based on the
way my grandmother used to tell stories. She told things that sounded supernatural and
fantastic but she told them with complete naturalness…. What was most important was
the expression she had on her face. She did not change her expression at all when telling
her stories and everyone was surprised. In previous attempts to write, I tried to tell
the story with out believing in it. I discovered what I had to do was believe in them
myself and write them with the same expression with which my grandmother told them: with a
brick face.” (Garcia Marquez-Magical Realism)


Magic Realism was a term used by a group of art critics in the 1920’s. It was used
to characterize a group of painters that were post expressionist. Throughout Latin
America magic realism became the term to describe the style of work of the authors from
1950-1970. This period of time was also known as the “Latin boom” in
literature.


Magic realism has its roots in Latin America. During the time of colonization a lot of
Europeans found a new world full of strange and supernatural things. Their
interpretations of their experiences inspired Gabo (Gabriel Garcia Marquez). Many Latin
American writers began to question this point of view. The result was the birth of magic
realism. Many Latin Americans traveled to Europe during the surrealist movement. They
were in search of the supernatural aspects of life. This would help them to create a
reality based on dreams, the super natural and unconscience. With their return to Latin
America they realized it wasn’t nessary to look for this strange reality in Europe.
They discovered their own cultures and cities.


Gabo is often called the father of magic realism. Magic realism is not magic literature.
It is not about waking up emotions, but it is about expressing emotions. Magic realism
shows something common like something unreal and strange. What is not reality becomes
part of reality. The author discovers what is mysterious in things. He looks at things
that happen in live and human nature. The author creates an illusion of unreality as he
pretends to leave reality and tells about an experience. This experience is easily
explained but we think of it as something strange. Most of all magic realism is an
attitude about reality. The author’s strategy is about creating a super natural
climate and deforming the reality of the people, things and actions. The author creates
strange, unknown sentiments that we wouldn’t normally experience in normal life.
“The wonderful thing about magic realism is its reality.” (Garcia
Marquez-Magical Realism)


Gabo’s first novel came out in 1955. His most famous literary work is One Hundred
Years of Solitude, published in 1967. From that day on Gabo’s fame has grown
non-stop. He has received many awards. He was recognized world wide in 1982 when he was
awarded the Nobel Prize.


At the conference for his award Gabo talked about a European explorer named Antonio
Pigafetta. This explorer lived during the colonization time and documented his
experiences in Latin America. He described supernatural and gross creatures. His
accounts inspired Gabo.

Gabo takes events that could happen in real life and makes them appear magical. He does
such a good job of diminishing the line between reality and nonreality that the events
described seem real. There are many events that take place in One Hundred Years of
Solitude that are good examples of his style of magic realism.


An important event in the novel was the death of Jose Acardio Buendia. “Then they
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