Chronicle of a Death Foretold (Crónica de una muerte anunciada, 1981) is, among other things, a recounting of the events that surround an honour killing in a small coastal Colombian town. From the first sentence, the reader knows that Santiago Nasar will die, and quickly discovers that the account is being reported 27 years after the fact, which occurs the day after a wedding and coincides with the arrival of the bishop in the unnamed town. In the first chapter of the novel, it is clarified that everyone in the town knew of the plot to kill Santiago Nasar and that the plot was hatched by Pedro and Pablo Vicario, whose sister Angela had been returned after her wedding night by her husband, Bayardo San Román, because he had discovered that she was not a virgin. The narrator’s mother, Luisa Santiaga, prepares to inform Santiago’s mother, Plácida Linares, but as she waits for her husband to dress, a distant noise comes from the plaza, and someone runs to tell her that it is too late, that Santiago has been murdered. The second chapter details the arrival of Bayardo San Román, told initially to the narrator by his mother in letters.
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