"One Hundred Years of Solitude," by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a national hero of Colombia, a Nobel-Prize-Winning author who wrote "One Hundred Years of Solitude" in 1967. It is considered his masterpiece from among a career output which also included journalism, short stories, non-fiction, screenwriting, and autobiography. The novel was written in the magical realist style as a metaphor for the founding and history of Colombia. The events are seen through the annals of the Buendia family, whose patriarch founded the mythical city of Macondo, which stands for Colombia. Through seven generations of the family's history we also see the development of Colombia.