- Taschenbuch: 288 Seiten
- Verlag: HarperCollins; Auflage: Perennial Class. (8. Januar 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 006093266X
- ISBN-13: 978-0060932664
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,5 x 1,7 x 20,3 cm
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Perennial Classics: Collected Novellas: Leaf Storm, No One Writes to the Colonel, Chronicle of a Death Foretold (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 8. Januar 2008
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"Garcia Marquez has extraordinary strength and firmness of imagination and writes with the calmness of a man who knows exactly what wonders hecan perform." -- Alfred Kazin, "New York Times Book Review""Every scene, every gesture sings life and denies death...He is an absolute master."-- "New York Times""It is the genius of Garcia Marquez that fatalism and possibility somehow coexist, that dreams redeem, that there is laughter even in death."-- Jonathan Leonard, "New York Times"
Three novellas deal with such themes as life in Colombia and the effects of violence.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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'No One Writes to the Colonel,' on the other hand, is a truly excellent story. It's a slow, meditative piece with very little action, chronicling a month or so in the life of the title character and his wife in a stagnant Colombian town as he waits in vain for the pension, which he has been owed for fifteen years, to arrive in the mail. Although it's a subdued story saturated with sorrow and regret, it also features a strong undercurrent of hope which cannot be extinguished. The Colonel is an inspiring character, and, after One Hundred Years of Solitude, his story is my favorite thing I've read by Garcia Marquez. Apparently there's been a movie made of it, but I have no desire to see it.
'Chronicle of a Death Foretold' is also very good. It tells of the events surrounding and leading up to a brutal murder which ultimately implicates an entire town. Featuring the recollections of dozens of characters who were involved in the event, peripherally or seriously, it weaves a mesmerizing web of small events that all happen just the wrong way. The death is indeed 'foretold;' it could easily have been prevented by just about anyone in the story, yet somehow, no one does. In spite of knowing what's going to happen from the beginning, the story remains riveting, and even suspenseful, throughout. Don't miss it.
This volume is certainly a must-own for Garcia Marquez fans. Combined with Collected Stories, it includes the entire body of his early short fiction--so don't buy Leaf Storm and Other Stories, No One Writes to the Colonel and Other Stories, Innocent Erdendira and Other Stories, or Chronicle of a Death Foretold. They're redundant. No sense flinging money out windows, eh? Cheers!
"No One Writes to the Colonel" (published 1961, but written several years earlier) takes up anti-government themes only hinted at in "Leaf Storm" and makes them central to the story: tyrannical censorship, the insensitivity of officials, the violence of repression, corruption. A retired colonel and his wife endure two related struggles that consume his days of retirement. The old man hopes to receive the pension owed to him by the government; he visits the post office daily, expecting to receive a response to his applications, but "no one writes." Starving and broke, the couple argue over whether to sell the rooster left by their son (who was killed during recent political turmoil) or to raise it for fighting. Although the depictions of life are bleak and desolate, the colonel's repeatedly dashed hopes provide the work with a sardonic, almost Chaplinesque humor.
Comedic elements also pervade "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" (1981). By the time of its publication, Garcia Marquez had become known most of all for magic realism, and the enchantment here is to be found in the collective telepathy of the town's residents and the story's dream-like, Kafka-inspired atmosphere. This is basically a murder story that manages to be harrowingly suspenseful in spite of the fact that the reader is forewarned of the event, the victim, and the perpetrators--all in the first few pages. Instead of a whodunit, we have a whydunit--why did Angela suggest Santiago is responsible for her loss of virginity, why did her two brothers reluctantly kill their friend, and (most of all) why, even though "there had never been a death more foretold," were the townsfolk so complaisant about a murder they all knew was about to happen? Tradition, prejudice, apathy--all conspire to make everybody complicit in everyday, senseless acts of violence. In five tightly constructed chapters, Garcia Marquez has given us what may someday be considered his masterpiece.