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Readers who enjoy this story may wish to explore Garcia Marquez's other works. Big Mama's Funeral (1962) and The Incredible and Sad Story of Innocent Erendira and Her Heartless Grandmother (1972) are collections of short stories, many of which also embody principles of magic realism. The novel One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) depicts the marvelous village of Macondo through a complex history that spans three generations of the town's leading family. Here, as in Love in the Time of Cholera (written in 1985, and set in an unnamed town), Garcia Marquez creates a dreamlike, many-layered landscape, realized in far more detail than is possible for the village in this brief tale. To many critics, One Hundred Years of Solitude still represents the highest achievement of magic realism.
Labyrinths (1962) by Jorge Luis Borges is a collection of short fictions, essays, and ‘‘parables’’ that presents interesting parallels and contrasts to the style of Garcia Marquez. Borges is not strictly considered a ‘‘magic realist,’’ having already achieved considerable recognition before Garcia Marquez's success; however, he does show many of the same influences and concerns, and indeed may have influenced the younger writer. Borges seems fascinated by paradox and the human thirst for meaning; through short, tightly structured narratives, he develops a variety of inventive contradictions, full of hidden insights and unexpected turns.
Since the appearance of Garcia Marquez's works, writers from many traditions have continued to test the boundaries of fantasy and reality, in innovative works that suggest the influence of magic realism, or at least seem to arise from similar sources and concerns. Among the many such works that employ an American setting are Max Apple's The Oranging of America (1976), a collection of modern...
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