The Novel pp 231-252 | Cite as

Making and Unmaking

Gabriel García Márquez: One Hundred Years of Solitude


‘I merely wanted to tell the story of a family who for a hundred years did everything they could in order not to have a son with a pig’s tail’, Gabriel García Márquez explained, no doubt tongue in cheek, about the writing of One Hundred Years of Solitude, ‘and [. ..] ending up having one’ (quoted in Wood 1990:24). That there must be more to it is obvious from a mere glance at the veritable library of scholarly studies which have been accumulating ever since the first publication of Cien Años de Soledad in 1967.1


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© André Brink 1998

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