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From "La hojarasca" to "Cien a os de soledad": Gabriel García Márquez’s Labyrinth of Nostalgia

Keywords: Language and Culture , Spanish , Colombia , civil war , solitude , modernisation , Macondo , Buendía , Aureliano , Halperín Donghi , Raymond Williams , Melquíades , Vargas Llosa , realism

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It is now a commonplace of Latin American literary criticism that Gabriel García Márquez’s "La hojarasca" (1955) ("Leafstorm") is the key intertext and the precursor for the Colombian writer’s magnum opus, "Cien a os de soledad" (1967) ("One Hundred Years of Solitude"). But exactly how "La hojarasca" was remodelled for "Cien a os de soledad", especially in terms of structure and theme, has received insufficient attention. This essay posits the consciousness raising under the impact of the Cuban Revolution as the central factor in García Márquez’s decision to re-fashion a tale of individual tragedy into a collective one. In spite of this renovation, however, and in counterpoint to the optimism of the Cuban Revolution, "Cien a os" remains deeply imbued with an overwhelming sense of nostalgia and personal loss, which is then projected as both pessimistic national history and transcendental category.


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