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This was the Washington Post’s review of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ in 1970

Undated file photo of Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Garcia Marquez died Thursday April 17, 2014 at his home in Mexico City. His magical realist novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America’s passion, superstition, violence and inequality. (AP Photo/Hamilton, File)

Nobel Laureate and novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez died Thursday in his Mexico City home at the age of 87.

One of his most well-known and beloved novels “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” an expansive family drama set in a magical Latin American town, was published in 1967 and to this day it is widely read in its original Spanish and dozens of other languages.

In 1970, novelist Paul West described Marquez’s prose this way:

Above all, Garcia Marquez (via his translator) feeds the mind’s eye non-stop, so much so that you soon begin to feel that never has what we superficially call the surface of life had so many corrugations and configurations, so much bewilderingly impacted detail, or men so many grandiose movements and tics, so many bizarre stances and airs.

Read the original review as it appeared in the Post on Feb. 22, 1970. And if you haven’t picked up ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ yet, you might want to get on that.

(The Washington Post)


(The Washington Post)
Abby Phillip is a national political reporter for the Washington Post. She can be reached at On Twitter: @abbydphillip
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