One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967)
By Gabriel García Márquez
One of the 20th century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel. Alternately reverential and comical, One Hundred Years of Solitude combines the political, personal and spiritual to bring a new consciousness to storytelling.
A rich and brilliant chronicle of life and death, the novel traces the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Whether he is describing a passionate affair or the voracity of capitalism, Gabriel García Márquez always writes with the simplicity, ease and purity that are the mark of a master. 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. Translated into dozens of languages, this stunning work is no less than an accounting of the history of the human race.
One Hundred Years of Solitude was chosen as an Oprah's Book Club selection in 2004.