Books That Inspire 2002

One Hundred Years of Solitude
Gabriel García Marquez

One of the most popular and critically acclaimed novels of the past half century, Cien años de soledad (1967; Eng. One Hundred Years of Solitude, 1970) by Colombian Gabriel García Márquez, chronicles the birth and death, the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through seven generations of the Buendía family. A sense of the profound and meaningful as well as of the meaningless is related with memorable inventiveness and narrative and linguistic ease. One Hundred Years of Solitude relates the search for peace and truth through love, war, revolution, riches, poverty, youth, and old age in exploring the struggles and triumphs of Latin America and, indeed, all humanity. García Márquez received OU's Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 1972 before winning the Nobel Prize in 1982.
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