Thursday, May 1, 2014

Garcia Marquez, Macondo and McOndo

The death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez prompted a euphoric celebration of the man who made magic realism a reality. His magnum opus 100 Years of Solitude shattered the decades-old tradition that kept Latin American novelists confined to hyper-local expressions of their country’s cultural identity written for the psyche of their own compatriots. The saga of the fictional town of Macondo used universal themes of love, isolation and despair to give the rest of the world a window into a region whose literature had until then been intensely navel-gazing.