First published in Spanish as Cien años de soledad in 1967 and better known in English as One Hundred Years of Solitude, García Márquez’s first major novel made a greater impact on the literary world than any previous Latin American novel had done. So unusual is it in form and content that One Hundred Years of Solitude attracted a term to describe elements of its style, the much debated but still used magical realism. Few novelists have had their writing as thoroughly examined and analysed or sparked as much stylistic imitation in the realm of popular fiction. Previously, García Márquez had enjoyed a minor but good reputation in Latin America as an interesting writer of short stories and novellas, but nothing to the extent that the novel in question would secure for him on the international stage.
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