"News of a Kidnapping". Gabriel Garcia Marquez . Gabriel Garcia Marquez. About Gabriel Garcia Marquez . Born in Colombia in 1928. He began his writing career as a reporter in Colombia and later as a foreign correspondent in Europe, USA and Venezuela.
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"News of a Kidnapping"
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The first line from One Hundred Years of Solitude:
"Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice."
Pentimento is the phenomenon of earlier painting showing through a layer or layers of paint on a canvas and it is GGM's style to present a novel in a style that does not appear to make sense. You flip back and forth through chapters to recall how one character related to another, to see what his or her fate was; many scholars view this book as history of Colombia, Latin America and more.
"Magic Realism" – Nothing has to make sense because this is the way life already is.
"Magical realism expands the categorizes of the real so as to encompass myth, magic and other extraordinary phenomena in Nature or experience which European realism excluded"
(Gabriel García Márquez, eds. B McGuirk & R Cardwell, p45).
The style is "plain, but elegant; spare but lucid" –
"I have some very bad news for you," he said.
"They kidnapped Pacho."
News of a kidnapping, no matter how painful, is not as irremediable as news of a
murder, and Hernando breathed a sigh of relief. "Thank God," he said, and then
changed his tone.
Literary journalists immerse themselves in their subjects' worlds and in background
Literary journalists digress on occasion – in this case, it is the background to the
Literary journalists write in an intimate voice, representing only the writer – not an
ideology or the government.