Magical realism connects Colombian, Chinese writers

On August 1 in the Colsubsidio Theater in Bogota, Colombian tenor Alejandro Escobar presented the recital Traslashuellas d Gabo, namely After Gabo’s Footprints, as one of tributes at the concert dedicated to Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude marks a milestone in Latin American literary history. By publishing this book in 1967, he became the greatest exponent of magical realism as we know it today.

Some of the features of this literary movement are:
1. Surreal events are perceived as normal by the main characters.
2. Time is cyclical and events repeat themselves.
3. Characters have a dreamlike vision of life.

In the 1980s, Garcia Marquez’s writings were published in China, and many Chinese authors were influenced by his narrative style.

China’s Mo Yan, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2012, has not only been influenced by Garcia Marquez, but has gone on to develop a style that has been characterized as “hallucinatory realism”, that merges folk tales, history and contemporary materials.

Mo was widely noticed in Latin America for his literary connection with Garcia Marquez .

On July 25, a seminar was held in Lima, capital of Peru, to discuss the relation between his works and the modern Chinese society.

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