The story in Chronicle of a Death Foretold is based on actual incidents that occurred in Sucre, Colombia, where Gabriel Garcia Marquez lived. On January 22, 1951, the brothers Victor and Joaquin Chica Sales murdered Cayetano Gentile Chimento, a 22-year-old medical student, son of the richest family in town. The brothers murdered him because he allegedly deflowered their sister, who was returned to her family on her wedding night. As in the novel, the rejected bride continued to live alone for years after the murder. These events occurred while Gabriel Garcia Marquez was in college studying journalism (like the narrator of the novel) and he knew some of the people involved.
Did you know beforehand that the novel was based on true events? How does it affect your reaction to the book? Does this suggest anything about Garcia Marquez's motives for writing it, or the tone or technique he chose? What, finally, is the point of the novel? What is Gabriel Garcia Marquez saying about his culture?