Much good criticism of Mrquez came in the wake of One Hundred Years of Solitude and the perception of his fiction has been dominated by that novel. It seemed the implicit goal to which the earlier fiction has been striving. By concentrating on the later novels, including The General in his Labyrinth, this study brings out the internal dialogue between the novels so that One Hundred Years of Solitude then stands out, like Don Quixote in Cervantes' oeuvre, as untypical yet more deeply representative. Behind the popular impact of its 'magical realism' lies Mrquez' abiding meditation on the nature of fictional and historical truth.
Much good criticism of Mrquez came in the wake of One Hundred Years of Solitude and the perception of his fiction has been dominated by that novel.
Acknowledgments.- A Note on Translation.- General Editor's Preface.- PART 1: INTRODUCTION.- PART 2: BIBLIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY.- PART 3: JOURNALISM AND FICTION.- PART 4: THE CERVANTEAN TURN: ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE.- PART 5: THE MAGICAL AND THE BANAL: THE AUTUMN OF THE PATRIARCH.- PART 6: MALE TRAGEDY.- FEMALE NOVELLA: CHRONICLE OF A DEATH FORETOLD.- PART 7: NOT FLAUBERT'S PARROT: LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA.- PART 8: SOLITUDE AND SOLIDARITY: THE GENERAL IN HIS LABYRINTH.- PART 9: CONCLUSION.- Notes.- Select Bibliography.- Index.
MICHAEL BELL is a Reader in English at the University of Warwick and author of several books including, most recently, F. R. Leavis (1988) and D. H. Lawrence: Language and Being (1992).