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  • Location: Aracataca, Colombia, fictional Macondo

One Hundred Years of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Why a Booktrail?

Various times: Let’s go on a journey to magical and mystical Macondo.

  • ISBN: 978-0141032436
  • Translator: Gregory Rabassa
  • Genre: Fiction, magical realism

What you need to know before your trail

In the mythical and fictional town of Macondo, this is the story of the Macondo family. The family seems to be a symbol of everything the town represents as it shows how they, along with society, live and die, are in a constant struggle to make sense of the world around them.

Magical realism is the overriding thread weaving its way in and out of the novel as the Buendia family chronicles wave from insanity to love to tragedy and back to insanity again. A tragicomedy of humankind? The air is full of madness, of strange events and the overall picture is a panoramic shot of a Colombian family, village, society and country.

Travel Guide

What can only be described as  a magical mystery tour  – Gabriel Garcia Marquez takes us on a journey though his  country’s turbulent past.

The mythical town of Macondo in the South American jungle bears more than a passing resemblance to the author’s own home town of Aracataca on the Colombian coast.

This is the world of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Just be aware that a lot of people share the same name in his novels so bring a pen and paper to draw a family tree.Gabriel García Márquez himself appears as a character in the novel.

There are many moments based on real facts here too such as the 1000 days war alluded to in the novel – the so-called Banana massacre which saw many United Fruit workers being shot by the army is referenced although the numbers killed are much greater than in the novel.

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