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One Hundred Years of Solitude: García Márquez’s Masterpiece from Macondo with Samuel Rutter


4 Sessions via Zoom

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Once a Month Tuesdays, 7:00 pm EDT - 8:30 pm EDT September 15 to December 15, 2020

Meeting Dates:
9/15, 10/20, 11/17, 12/15

A masterpiece of modern literature, Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude ushered in a new era in Latin American letters as readers discovered the magical world of Macondo, where six generations of the Buendía family live through love, war, tragedy, and comedy.

Melding modernist approaches with folklore, history and a startling ability to infuse the everyday with the sublime, One Hundred Years of Solitude is the gold standard of magic realism and continues to influence writers all around the world.

No previous knowledge of Latin American literature is assumed, and there will be no compulsory readings apart from the novel itself. In meetings we will discuss the themes of the book while delighting in Gabo’s sparkling prose, as rendered in Gregory Rabassa’s brilliant translation.

We will read and discuss the novel over the course of four meetings:

  • Meeting 1: Pages 1-101
  • Meeting 2: Pages 103-201 (Chapter beginning: “Colonel Aureliano Buendía organized thirty-two armed uprisings and he lost them all.”)
  • Meeting 3: Pages 203-313 (Chapter beginning: “The marriage was on the point of breaking up after two months because . . .”)
  • Meeting 4: Page 315- End (Chapter beginning “It rained for four years, eleven months and two days.”)

Required Text:
García Márquez, Gabriel. One Hundred Years of Solitude. (trans. Gregory Rabassa) New York: Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2006. 417pp

There are many editions available, above page references refer to the Harper Perennial Modern Classics edition.

This group will take place online via Zoom. Participants will receive instructions for access prior to the first session.


Led by

  • Samuel Rutter

    Samuel Rutter

    Samuel Rutter

    Samuel Rutter is a writer and translator from Melbourne, Australia with an extensive research background in contemporary literature from Latin America. He has translated novels, stories, screenplays and comics from French, Spanish and Catalan, and was awarded a PEN Translates Prize in 2016. His work has appeared in Harper’s, the White Review, Gulf Coast, and T magazine.