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García MárquezThe Man and His Work$
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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 Anatomy of Tyranny

The Anatomy of Tyranny

(p.168) Nine The Anatomy of Tyranny
García Márquez

Gene H. Bell-Villada

University of North Carolina Press

García Márquez's inspiration for writing The Autumn of the Patriarch came from the fall of the eight-year dictatorship of General Marcos Pérez Jiménez and was further boosted when he was assigned to cover events in Cuba during its revolution. Patriarch and Solitude do not mostly overlap except for one phrase lifted exactly from Solitude and the six lawyers dressed in black. The setting of Patriarch also differs from Solitude wherein the whole country is depicted with mostly places and scenes found in the Caribbean. One very important difference between García Márquez's two novels is their approach to readers. Where Solitude is a relatively easy read, Patriarch requires the reader to be equipped with concepts of modernist art and familiar with procedures of interior monologue, nonlinear form, and concentrated prose.

Keywords:   Autumn of Patriarch, Cuba, revolution, dictatorship, Caribbean, modernist art, interior monologue, nonlinear form, concentrated prose

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