“They were so close to each other that they preferred death to separation”: Rare First and Second Editions in Spanish of the Author’s Masterpiece Cien Anos de Soledad

  • Cien Anos de Soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude).
  • Cien Anos de Soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude).
  • Cien Anos de Soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude).
  • Cien Anos de Soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude).

Cien Anos de Soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude).

Item Number: 100046

Buenos Aires: Editorial Sudamericana, 1967.

First edition and second edition of the author’s masterpiece; which is recognized as one of the most significant works in the Spanish literary canon. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. In excellent condition with light rubbing and wear. The second edition was published one month after the first, with this edition notable in that it represents the original cover design intended by the author. To rush the first edition to press, Sudamericana disregarded the image created by the author’s friend in Mexico and instead printed covers bearing an unauthorized image that García Márquez intensely disliked.

"One Hundred Years of Solitude chronicles the life of Macondo, a fictional town based in part of Garcia Marquez's hometown of Aracataca, Colombia, and seven generations of the founding family, the Buendias. He creates a complex world with characters and events that display the full range of human experience. For the reader, the pleasure of the novel derives from its fast-paced narrative, humor, vivid characters, and fantasy elements. In this 'magic realism', the author combines imaginative flights of fancy with social realism to give us images of levitating priests, flying carpets, a four-year-long rainstorm, and a young woman ascending to heaven while folding sheets" (NYPL Books of the Century 31). At the conclusion of the 1970's this book was voted by the editors of The New York Times Book Review to be not only the best book published in the last ten years but the book most likely to still be read one hundred years from then.