Thursday, February 7, 2008

Gabriel Garcia Marquez and William Faulkner

The influence of William Faulkner upon Latin American writers is widely acknowledged, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez has called the Mississippian author, with some exaggeration of the geographical facts, "my fellow Caribbean writer." This is most evident in Garcia Marquez's most famous novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude, but we can also see traces of Faulkner's influence here as well. Which themes in Chronicle of a Death Foretold are similar to Faulkner's themes? How about the narrative technique and point of view? Which characters seem particularly Faulknerian? Compare Chronicle of a Death Foretold with, say, Absalom Absalom?

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