"Because races condemned to one hundred years of solitude did not have a second opportunity on earth": First British Edition of One Hundred Years of Solitude; Inscribed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  • One Hundred Years of Solitude.

One Hundred Years of Solitude.


Item Number: 5098

London: Jonathan Cape, 1970.

First British edition of the author’s magnum opus. Octavo, original green cloth with gilt lettering to the spine. Signed and dated by Gabriel Garcia Marquez on the dedication page. Additionally signed by the translator, Gregory Rabassa, who has transcribed the opening sentence of this novel as follows, “Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice. Gregory Rabassa.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A unique example.

"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).

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