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The Autumn of the Patriarch (1975)

by Gabriel García Márquez

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One of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's most intricate and ambitious works, The Autumn of the Patriarch is a brilliant tale of a Caribbean tyrant and the corruption of power. Employing an innovative, dreamlike style, the novel is overflowing with symbolic descriptions as it vividly portrays the dying tyrant caught in the prison of his own dictatorship. From charity to deceit, benevolence to violence, fear of God to extreme cruelty, the dictator embodies at once the best and the worst of human nature.… (more)
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  AnkaraLibrary | Feb 23, 2024 |
Eventual DNF. I tried this half a dozen times, but the prose was just too claustrophobic.
  Kiramke | Jun 27, 2023 |
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  archivomorero | May 21, 2023 |
This book was...a lot! It was slightly more comprehensible to me than some of James Joyce's work. As expected, GGM's writing (when I could follow its thread) was incredibly vivid, especially in its depiction of the cruelty of colonialism and tyranny. It would definitely not be the first book I would recommend by GGM, but I can also say that I am glad I read it. ( )
  librarianarpita | May 5, 2023 |
Un plomo. ( )
  Marlobo | Dec 24, 2022 |
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Gabriel García Márquezprimary authorall editionscalculated
Cicogna, EnricoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
直, 鼓Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Feinberg, SidneyCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rabassa, GregoryTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Saaritsa, PenttiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sabarte Belacortu, MarioleinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Segre, CesareForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Toelke, CathleenCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Over the weekend the vultures got into the presidential palace by pecking through the screens on the balcony windows and the flapping of their wings stirred up the stagnant time inside, and at dawn on Monday the city awoke out of its lethargy of centuries with the warm, soft breeze of a great man dead and rotting grandeur.
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One of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's most intricate and ambitious works, The Autumn of the Patriarch is a brilliant tale of a Caribbean tyrant and the corruption of power. Employing an innovative, dreamlike style, the novel is overflowing with symbolic descriptions as it vividly portrays the dying tyrant caught in the prison of his own dictatorship. From charity to deceit, benevolence to violence, fear of God to extreme cruelty, the dictator embodies at once the best and the worst of human nature.

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