Gabriel García Márquez World Literature Analysis
Latin American fiction flourished in the 1960’s and became appreciated as a powerful force in contemporary literature. Along with fellow Latin American authors Julio Cortázar, Ernesto Sabato, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Carlos Fuentes, García Márquez is one of the most significant literary influences in this period, known as the Latin American Boom. His fiction presents a reality quite unlike that in the novels of previous generations. Blending history, folktales, and imagination, García Márquez creates an expanded vision of life. Literary critics have coined a term for this bold interweaving of imagination and reality: Magical Realism.
The bulk of García Márquez’s fiction, which includes social and political issues and commentary, is set between the early 1800’s and the early 1900’s in the mythical village of Macondo, which resembles his childhood village of Aracataca. García Márquez researches details of daily life in the nineteenth century for use in his fiction. He also considers himself “quite disrespectful of real time and space,” and, thus, free to build relationships between different worlds and eras. Because he has “no desire to change a detail” that he likes “just to make the chronology function properly,” García Márquez writes stories that free readers from space/time boundaries and encourage them to take a fresh look at the world. García Márquez seems to suggest through his writings that nothing is impossible....
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