One Hundred Years of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude is the novel by the Colombian writer Gabriel Garcรญa Mรกrquez, which uses the rise and fall of the fictional town of Macondo as the epitome of Latin Americaโ€™s century of vicissitudes. The story of seven generations of the Buendรญa Family in the town of Macondo. The founding patriarch of Macondo, Josรฉ Arcadio Buendรญa, and รšrsula Iguarรกn, his wife (and first cousin), leave Riohacha, Colombia, after Josรฉ Arcadio kills Prudencio Aguilar after a cockfight for suggesting Josรฉ Arcadio was impotent. One night of their emigration journey, while camping on a riverbank, Josรฉ Arcadio dreams of โ€œMacondoโ€, a city of mirrors that reflected the world in and about it. Upon awakening, he decides to establish Macondo at the riverside; after days of wandering the jungle, his founding of Macondo is utopic. In one hundred years, six generations of people have risen and fallen due to the cycle of power and lust. It reflects the history of colonization, dictatorship, struggle, and bloodshed, as well as the themes of forgetfulness and loneliness in a strange way.