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Seminar: Nicholas Birns, An Outsized Reality: The Novels of Gabriel García Márquez

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 11:00 AM Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 11:00 AM Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 11:00 AM Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 11:00 AM
online | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required

Gabriel García Márquez was the most influential writer in the Spanish language since Cervantes. In the words of his Nobel Prize citation, his work presents a “richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent's life and conflicts.” We will read Garcia Márquez’s masterwork, One Hundred Years of Solitude in two sessions, discussing how what the novelist calls the literary expression of “an outsize form of reality” stretches the reach of the novel across time and space. We will then send one session each on Chronicle of a Death Foretold, a gripping account of an honor killing and the society that allowed it, and Love In The Time of Cholera, his affirmation of idealism in the face of plague and cynicism.

This seminar meets on four Wednesdays:

  • September 30 - One Hundred Years of Solitude, session 1
  • October 14 - One Hundred Years of Solitude, session 2
  • October 28 - Chronicle of a Death Foretold
  • November 11 - Love in the Time of Cholera


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