Chronicle of a Death Foretold


Written by Gabriel García Márquez

9780140157543 | PB | pp. 122 | 1996 | Penguin Random House India

Chronicle of a Death Foretold is a novella published in 1981. It tells, in the form of a pseudo-journalistic reconstruction, the story of the honor killing of Santiago Nasar by the two Vicario brothers.

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When newlywed Angela Vicario and Bayardo San Román are left to their wedding night, Bayardo discovers that his new wife is no virgin. Disgusted, he returns Angela to her family home where she is subjected to domestic violence. Her two brothers demand to know her violator, whom she names Santiago Nazar.

In this story, Angela’s brothers are set on avenging their family honour. Soon the whole town knows who they plan to kill, where, when and why.

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About the Author

Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez (6 March 1927 – 17 April 2014) was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist, known affectionately as Gabo [ˈɡaβo] or Gabito [ɡaˈβito] throughout Latin America. Considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century and one of the best in the Spanish language, he was awarded the 1972 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature. He pursued a self-directed education that resulted in his leaving law school for a career in journalism. From early on, he showed no inhibitions in his criticism of Colombian and foreign politics. In 1958, he married Mercedes Barcha; they had two sons, Rodrigo and Gonzalo.


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