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García Márquez : Chronicle of Death Foretold February 8, 2014

Posted by anagasto in poetry, Spain.
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When Angela Vicario was sent back home on her wedding night because she was not a virgin, the whole village suspected that Santiago Nasar was going to be assassinated.

>>> Versión en español  >>>  >>   Crónica de  una muerte anunciada

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In the early morning Angela’s twin brothers went to the market to sharpen their knives, and at the market people asked them whether they were about to kill Santiago Nasar.

The  twins waited for Santiago Nasar at the convenience store to kill him, but the Colonel who had just come in to buy some milk for the troops happened to notice their knives and confiscated them.

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The twins went back to the market to sharpen two more knives and returned to the convenience store to wait for Santiago Nasar. So the whole village knew what was going to happen.

When Santiago Nasar showed up at the door of the house where he lived, the twins killed him.

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The story is about a typical public secret, something that everybody knows but nobody will face squarely.

There is more detailed information in Spanish to be found at Rincón del vago where all Spanish school kids get free summaries of the books they are obliged to buy but won’t read.

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Gabriel García Márquez was born in 1928 in Aracataca, a little village in the tropics of Colombia between the mountains and the sea. He has been ill for several years, and it is not sure whether he is still able to write.

What do you think would happen to this girl if she suddenly had to go and find work in the city?

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What happens if you put these kids in a classroom and make them learn English or European history or some biology?

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From BBC News:

_BBC news aracataca macondo

where you can see what 20th century trappings look like in the poor regions of  poor countries:  they look absurd, but not always hopeless:

aracata train

The photo is under Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License at http://en.wikipedia.org

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City skylines are by now the same all over world:

but they do not necessarily represent the future.

→ → → To visit Aracataca :
???????????????????????????????  Photos + information = http://www.thegypsyresidence.com/

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garcia marquez.......................... >>>http://www.elmundo.es/elmundo/2009/10/09/cultura/1255044906.html

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1. server42 - January 16, 2010

Gabriel Marquez is surely the 20th century greatest novelist, but who would come second?


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