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Chronicle of a Death Foretold (1981)

by Gabriel García Márquez

Other authors: Kjell Risvik (Translator)

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When Angela Vicario is taken back to her father's house just hours after her wedding on the grounds that she was not a virgin, her twin brothers murder the man she names as her deflowerer. As the unnamed narrator tries to piece together what happened, it appears that her brothers were hoping that somebody would prevent the murder but as a result of misunderstandings and unfortunate circumstances found themselves forced to go through with it.

Interesting reflection on how bad things can happen through cultural inertia without anyone particularly wanting them to. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Jan 15, 2014 |
Everyone knows Santiago Nasar is going to be murdered. Angela Vicario's twin brothers don't make a secret of the fact they are going to kill him for dishonoring their sister. Angela married Bayardo San Roman, but on their wedding night he discovered that she was not a virgin. He took her back to her family in disgrace, and her brothers took it upon themselves to murder the man who had ruined her honor. All through the town, the brothers search for Nasar and tell their neighbors they plan to kill him. And though the town knows they are going to murder Nasar, no one tries to stop the twins on their quest. Why does no one try to stop them? Chronicle of a Death Foretold is a murder mystery that skipped some of the mystery; we know who is going to be murdered and by whom. What we don't know is if anyone will stop the murder, since the entire town knows about it. The book makes you think about honor, loyalty, and community - and what happens when those values don't pull a town together to save a man who may or may not be guilty. ( )
  litgirl29 | Dec 31, 2013 |
I love Garcia-Marquez's writing!! Witty, sardonic, and beautiful with humorous touches. The death really was foretold in so many ways, yet how did it happen? I would have liked to learn a little more about the narrator/friend. ( )
  Becky221 | Nov 4, 2013 |
Very intriguing novella from Latin America's best writer. So many cultural themes of Columbia and Latin America, in general, are expressed by the characters. I found myself chuckling throughout the book since most everyone in the town knew of the impending murder but did nothing to stop it. Some dark humor, perhaps, but Garcia Marquez uses it to shed some light on cultural norms and expectations. ( )
  NordicT | Nov 2, 2013 |
For some reason this brings to (my) mind James Joyce's 'Ulysses', although the allusion is really one of opposites. This is a story told almost entirely from the exterior - and from a distance. And it is a story told very simply, without any guile or elaboration. But it has that same compression of a life in a day sense, and blistering pace - the events piling up on top of each other, the banal and the absurd. And then there's the ending, not the shocking butchery inflicted upon Santiago Nasar, but the strangely detached reflection of Pura Vicario looking back on those events. The story is strong, but it's the compression that makes this a great short novel. Highly recommended. ( )
  nandadevi | Oct 23, 2013 |
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In short, one expects from ''Chronicle of a Death Foretold'' another powerful dose of the fabulous and surreal. But behold! While in no way resembling conventional social realism, ''Chronicle'' is not nearly so fantastic as Garcia Marquez's earlier novels. It contains a powerfully plausible plot - a dream-like detective story, really, that pursues the questions of why and how two young men have undertaken a brutal murder that they actually had not wanted to commit.
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
García Márquez, Gabrielprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Risvik, KjellTranslatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Arutjunjan, SorenIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brotherus, MattiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Puccini, DarioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rabassa, GregoryTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sabarte Belacortu, MarioleinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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the hunt for love
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On the day they were going to kill him, Santiago Nasar got up at five-thirty in the morning to wait for the boat the bishop was coming on.
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A man returns to the town where a baffling murder took place 27 years earlier, determined to get to the bottom of the story. Just hours after marrying the beautiful Angela Vicario, everyone agrees, Bayardo San Roman returned his bride in disgrace to her parents. Her distraught family forced her to name her first lover; and her twin brothers announced their intention to murder Santiago Nasar for dishonoring their sister.
Yet if everyone knew the murder was going to happen, why did no one intervene to stop it? The more that is learned, the less is understood, and as the story races to its inexplicable conclusion, an entire society--not just a pair of murderers—is put on trial.

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A man returns to the town where a baffling murder took place twenty-seven years earlier, determined to get to the bottom of the story. Just hours after marrying the beautiful Angela Vicario, Bayardo San Roman returned his bride in disgrace to her parents. Her distraught family forced her to name her first lover, and her twin brothers announced their intention to murder Santiago Nasar for dishonoring their sister. Yet if everyone knew the murder was going to happen, why did no one intervene to stop it? The more that is learned, the less is understood, and as the story races to its inexplicable conclusion, an entire society, not just a pair of murderers, is put on trial.… (more)

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