Curiosity is what makes things interesting, especially a novel. But Chronicle of a Death Foretold written, originally in Spanish, by Gabriel García Márquez, is a novella that reveals the incident around which the story revolves around in its very first line and still is able to keep the readers hitched till the very end.
Though the incident is encountered many a times in the novella, each time a layer of detail is added to it, leaving the reader in the hunger to know more. These encounters are never felt repetitive. The story is set in Columbia and is concerned with the issues that the Indian audience will connect to easily. Márquez’s novella isn’t about justice but highlights the hypocrisy of honour codes, the matter of collective responsibility of the society, and the fact that the memories are unreliable.
This rich narrative is a faction- fact and fiction, where Márques plays with journalism and chronicle, based on a true event that happened in January 22, 1951 concerning Cayetano Gentile Chimento on whom the character of Santiago Nasar is based. Though barely a hundred pages long story, it is packed with details to such an extent that the more one reads, the more new things come forward, sometimes a different perspective altogether. Márquez’s Chronicle of a Death Foretold is a short and interesting read with a pinch of marvellous realism that won’t give a moment of boredom but only the curiosity to read more of it.
Genre: Novel, Crime Fiction
Publisher: Penguin India; New edition edition (14 October 2000)
Price: Rs 250
Estimated reading time: less than a day (few hours for an avid reader)
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