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Gene H. Bell-Villada

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780807833513

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807895382_bell-villada

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The Bolívar Novel

The Bolívar Novel

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(p.220) Eleven The Bolívar Novel
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García Márquez
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Gene H. Bell-Villada

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807895382_bell-villada.18

When García Márquez wrote The General in His Labyrinth, he surprised most readers because of his audacity to use as his main protagonist Simón Bolívar, the supreme commander of forces who freed Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia from Spanish Imperial rule. However, García Márquez did not depict Bolívar as the mighty and heroic soldier but as a defeated politician. A discussion on Bolívar, as a myth and a man, is in order to fully understand the main protagonist of García Márquez's novel. But the main focus of the novel is on the final phase of Bolívar's life, when he resigned from the presidency and sailed through the Magdalena River for European exile.

Keywords:   Spanish Imperial Rule, Magdalena River, Simón Bolívar, Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Peru

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