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Chronicle of a Death Foretold (1981)

by Gabriel García Márquez

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"It seemed that the Vicario brothers had done nothing right with a view to killing Santiago Nasar immediately and without any public spectacle, but had done much more than could be imagined to have someone to stop them from killing him, and they had failed."

In a rural Latin village where men still abide by the Code of Machismo, a pair of honest twin brothers loudly set out with their butchers knives to kill a man who supposedly took their sister's honor. The villagers, whom the narrator sets out to interview, are all aware of and want to help Santiago Nasar avoid his doom--yet they pirouette in, out of, and through every page of the novella, ever more narrowly missing an opportunity to save their friend. Marquez's dark irony cannot be missed. What happened to Santiago could not be prevented: "There's no way out of this. It's as if it had already happened."

The collective guilt of the villagers, who all find themselves as accessories to an excused murder, weighs their words as you learn the story through their perspectives. You find that their sin cannot be expiated; life must go on, though there is no consensus on Santiago's fate: who remains innocent, and who guilty? The more that you read, the less you know with certainty what actually happened. You begin to realize that the narrator is just another villager reflecting on the past: he only muddles the story by adding his own input. As a reader you must realize independently that evidence, and therefore fault, will never be known; and even if it were, it would not be interpreted similarly across the continuum of affected minds. You are left with a confused panorama, a microcosm that describes not only an obscure village but also any modern and crowded environment. Because that is what life is: crowded. There will likely never be one definitively true answer.

It wouldn't be Marquez if it weren't at least a little weird. He does not disappoint. This slim novella is surreal, lyrical, and provocative. And, just in case you're angry about my "spoilers", be aware that this was, undoubtedly, inimitably, very much so a chronicle of a death foretold. ;) ( )
  Proustitutes | Jun 11, 2015 |
Brilliant book. Plenty to think about in terms of human behaviour, plus the descriptive language and the way Marquez slowly teases you through the story is highly engaging
  TLkirsten | Mar 21, 2015 |
Gabriel García Márquez has been pretty hit and miss with me. I loved One Hundred Years of Solitude, I was less keen on Love in the Time of Cholera, some of the short stories are amazing and some left me feeling nothing at all. Chronicle of a Death Foretold was another good one for me. It's certainly not the best, but the futility of the whole thing really spoke to me. ( )
  rockinghorsedreams | Nov 13, 2014 |
Gabriel Garcia Marquez's storytelling style works best for me in novellas. ( )
  CassandraT | Oct 10, 2014 |
Short, interesting, decidedly Garcia Marquez. The story itself grows as you read it, and the lessons of the story grow, become more poignant, and cause you to be more reflective. I don't like it as much as his other books, but ain't is still decidedly worth reading. ( )
  austin.sears | Sep 6, 2014 |
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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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García Márquez, Gabrielprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Artís-Gener, Avel·líTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Arutjunjan, SorenIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brotherus, MattiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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