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"One Hundred Years of Solitude" Book Discussion with Chandra Prasad and Roxanne Coady

Due to significant interest in Roxanne Coady's earlier Dear Reader newsletters, we're holding a book discussion centering around the late Gabriel Garcia Marquez's masterpiece, One Hundred Years of Solitude - join us!

One of the 20th century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world, and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize–winning career.  The brilliant, bestselling, landmark novel that tells the story of the Buendia family, and chronicles the irreconcilable conflict between the desire for solitude and the need for love—in rich, imaginative prose that has come to define an entire genre known as "magical realism."

The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. It is a rich and brilliant chronicle of life and death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the noble, ridiculous, beautiful, and tawdry story of the Buendía family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America.

Love and lust, war and revolution, riches and poverty, youth and senility -- the variety of life, the endlessness of death, the search for peace and truth -- these universal themes dominate the novel. Whether he is describing an affair of passion or the voracity of capitalism and the corruption of government, Gabriel García Márquez always writes with the simplicity, ease, and purity that are the mark of a master.

Alternately reverential and comical, One Hundred Years of Solitude weaves the political, personal, and spiritual to bring a new consciousness to storytelling. Translated into dozens of languages, this stunning work is no less than an accounting of the history of the human race.

Gabriel García Márquez (1927 - 2014) was born in Colombia and was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist. His many works include The Autumn of the Patriarch; No One Writes to the Colonel; Love in the Time of Cholera and Memories of My Melancholy Whores; and a memoir, Living to Tell the Tale. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.

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Often using history as a lens to gain insight into the roles gender and race play in self-determination, Chandra Prasad is the author of five award-winning books, including three novels: On Borrowed Wings, Breathe the Sky, and Death of a Circus.  She is the originator and editor of, and a contributor to, Mixed: An Anthology of Short Fiction on the Multiracial Experience, which was published to international raves by W.W. Norton. Prasad’s short works have been published in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Week, the official magazine of The U.S. Department of State, Teen Voices, and Faultline, the literary magazine of the University of California at Irvine.  A graduate of Yale and a Fellow at one of Yale's residential colleges, she has just completed her first Young Adult novel, Damselfly, a modern companion to Lord of the Flies meant for classroom use.  A high school English teacher raves, "I cannot wait to put this book in the hands of my students!

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Event Date: 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
768 Boston Post Rd.
06443 Madison
One Hundred Years of Solitude Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060883287
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - February 21st, 2006