Crónica de una muerte anunciada

ISBN: 1400034957
ISBN 13: 9781400034956
By: Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

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Sin duda, una de las novelas en las que García Márquez demuestra todo su talento en la narración y, especialmente, en la descripción. Es la historia de un hombre que va a ser asesinado, y a diferencia del resto del pueblo, él no lo sabe. Más allá de la originalidad de la historia está el talento del autor, que lo lleva a uno a meterse por completo en el libro.

Reader's Thoughts

Evan Leach

This short and well-written novella tells the story of Santiago Nasar’s brutal murder (the victim’s fate is laid out in the first sentence, so this is not exactly a spoiler). Set 27 years after the crime, the narrator returns to the backwater Caribbean town he grew up in to investigate Nasar’s death. The story of the murder and the events that led up to it is told in a non-linear fashion, and raises as many questions as it does answers. Ultimately, the killing of Nasar indicts not only the murderers, but the community and the entire culture. This is a lean 120 pages, so I’ll keep this review brief. Marquez does a great job of bringing this isolated Columbian town to life, along with its cane-liquor guzzling, devoutly religious, deeply flawed inhabitants. The prose is top-shelf, and the dialogue sparkles. Marquez is famous for his use of magical realism, but this book is much more grounded in reality than One Hundred Years of Solitude. That book is one of my all-time favorites, and while Chronicle was not quite as good, I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to Marquez fans. Apparently this book was partly inspired by Franz Kafka. I haven’t read much Kafka, so I can’t compare this to his work, but Chronicle did remind me of another novella about senseless tragedy: Of Mice and Men. The structure and style of this book are less conventional than Steinbeck’s, but both works touch some of the same notes. This strange little story is presented simply, in journalistic fashion, but I have a feeling this is the kind of book that will percolate in my head for a while. 4 stars, recommended.

Knar Avetisyan

“There had never been a death so foretold.” This story I’ve read just in 4 hours. It is written perfectly. Márquez, whom I haven’t read before showed me a different world of different people with different values. I accused them, I was ashamed because of them, I felt sorry for them, I was in love with the victim – Santiago, who “was healthier than the rest of us, but when you listened with the stethoscope you could hear the tears bubbling inside his heart.” A novella in the genre of contemporary-prose “Chronicle of a Death Foretold” by Gabriel García Márquez published in 1981. The magical realistic story is written in narrative form and it is a story reconstruction in Chronological form told many years after the tragedy, by journalist that lived at that town at that times. The story lines with the lives of the other citizens, friends, relatives, guiltys and innocents. Gabriel García Márquez repeatedly uses strange, surreal details to highlight otherwise ordinary events. One instance of this is his description of the local brothel, which sounds so nice that the reader at first has trouble discerning what exactly Maria Alejandrina Cervantes does - though she is a whore, the description of her house is so beautiful that if one were to gloss over the description, they might perceive her house as an elegant domicile.The novel's style is itself a ritual repetition of the events surrounding a crime. It does not follow a traditional narrative arc, but rather is told for the cathartic value of the act of telling. The only thing we gain from reading the story is the same limited knowledge of the occurrence that is available to the narrator. In this sense, the novel can be seen as a mere ritual of investigation as an end in itself with no other results or discoveries.The story begins with the Santiago's morning - the morning, when the Bishop plans to come by boat to bless the marriage of Angela Vicario and Bayardo San Roman. His blessings, as we got later, will be of no use. As the town prepares for the Bishop's arrival, Angela's twin brothers Pedro and Pablo sit in the local milk shop watching for Santiago so that they may carry out their plans to murder him. Reading this part I was at a loss on what was happening. Why this poor rich boy was killed? Why no-one did nothing to help him? Why the murders were so cruel? It was one of the worst murders I have ever read about. According to that people, it is an ordinary thing to kill somebody if he deprived of virginity a young girl, just like that, without any evidence that right he did that and being sure that it is true. I wonder how angry and mindless the people can be. Maybe it's about me, maybe I value the human's life too much, but I really think that killing is an unacceptable thing. In the culture of the Colombian town in which the narrative takes place, honor is taken very seriously. Nobody in the novel ever questions any action that is taken to preserve someone's honor, since it is commonly believed to be a fundamental moral trait that is vital to keep intact. A person without honor is an outcast in the community.I hated the Vicario family. Anngela I hated most of all. Her words became the reason for this tragedy, she was the one who cut Santiago like an animal, gutted his gut, there was no whole organ and his insides were falling out of him while he fled from the words, which made these guys monsters. That was she how killed him right in front of his home. Poor, stupid Anngel. This book will made you hate the community that you live in. Everyone knew what they were going to do – to kill Santiago. But they just watched the show. It was a performance to them. No one made a real an attempt to keep him away, to save his life. Her inexplicable obsession with Bayardo San Roman takes the form of a ritual: she begins writing letters to him, and it becomes a weekly habit of hers for seventeen years. The fact that he ultimately returns to her is no stranger than the act of writing a letter a week to someone who does not respond. Because he does come back to her, Angela Vicario triumphs in a sense-she has found the resolution she desired in her life. However, the conclusion of her love affair with Bayardo does not shed any light on the murder of Santiago Nasar-in terms of him, she would never say anything save to name him as the one who took her virginity. Though she seems like an honest person, it is difficult to tell whether she would have been willing to reveal the name of the man who truly took her virginity, especially if she still had feelings for him.Gabriel Jose de la Concordia Garcia Marquez was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist. Garcic Marquez, familiarly known as "Gabo" in his native country, was considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century. In 1982, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.


إنه ماركيز...وإنها الدهشة الثانيةأسلوب يشدك لآخر لحظة في الرواية...وعلى نفسٍ واحد...على الرغم من أنك تعرف نهايتها من الصفحة الأولى...بمهارة سردية ولغوية رائعةانتقاما لشرف العائلة يقتل الإخوة فيكاريو، "سنتياغو نصار" العربي الأصل بعد أن أعيدت أختهم ليلة زفافها عندما اكتشف أنها فاقدة لعذريتها...جريمة قتل معروفة التفاصيل...القاتل والمقتول والسبب...من غير أن يملك أحد تغييرها رغم كل الشكوك والتهديد بأن العرب قد يقوموا بالانتقام.ومع ذلك نجح ماركيز في إثارة شكوكنا تارة وتعميقها تارة أخرى، من خلال الحوارات التي دارت بعد أعوام من الجريمة مع من حضروا الواقعة وكانوا شهودا عليها، من العائلة والجيران والأصدقاء..فننهي الرواية والعديد من الأسئلة لا إجابات لها...يثير ماركيز تفكيرنا رغم وضوح البدايات...ويا لها من متعة!!!1مما لفت انتباهي أولا ذلك التشابه في الموروثات والمعتقدات بين مجتمعاتنا والمجتمع الكولومبي في نظرتهم لقضية الشرف، وطريقة التعامل معها...وثانيا اندماج السكان من أصول عربية مع أهل البلد الأصليين، بل وتكوين أرض صلبة من حياة كاملة هناك..ورد فعلهم الذي لم يزيد على التجمهر ثم العودة لحياتهم المعتادة...وثالثا تلك الوحشية التي يمنحها دافع الانتقام للإنسان ليصير أشبه بالوحوش، بل أشد قسوة...فقد قتلوه بالأداة التي يقتلون بها خنازيرهم...حتى"مات مخنوقاً برائحته، ورائحة الخنازير الطالعة من سكاكين الأخوين فيكاريو".من أراد التعرّف على ماركيز وإبداعه أنصحه بقراءتها...


من الروايات المميزة جدا في الأسلوب الروائي و السرد و الأحداث " رغم انك تعلم مقتل نصار من البداية " لكنك تسعر بأن خيطاً روائياً يشدك بقوةلإكمال الرواية بنهم ، هذه الرواية أحداثها حقيقة ، ماكيز استخدم أسلوب الصحافة والتحقيق بسرد الرواية ، وذلك بأسلوب روائي مبدع بحت لا يقل ابداعاً عن " مئة عام من العزلة " وقلة من الكتاب الفذين الموهوبين من اجادوا هذا الاسلوب المميز ، وأيضا من الابداع ان توصل فكرة قوية تشغل الرأي العام هي ان توصلها بعدد قليل من الصفحات وبلغة قوية رائعة رمزية جميلة لا تقل عن الابداعات السابقةاعتقدت اني سأحلل موت نصار لكني وجدت نفسي اضيع مع هذه الجريمة بوضوح، صراحة احداثها وجراءة أشخاصهاالجهل ، هو أهم قاتل حقيقي للإنسان سواء كنت متعلماً أم جاهلاً ، الاستخفاف بالروح البشرية شيء فظيع جدا الشرف و الثأر، هم من يجعلوا الرجولة تكشف عن أنيابها في الجهل و التخلف، رغم البعد الديني وعمق الفساد البشري الداخلي للبشر والضياع وراء الشهوات و الملذات رواية مبدعة من ابداعات ماركيز المذهل كتابياً و صحفياً و لغوياً

Paula Malozowski

Gabriel Garcia Marquez has written two wonderful books: Love in the Time of Cholera and 100 Years of Solitude. All of his other books, in my opinion are an amalgam of these two wonderful books. If you've read those two, you're good to go.


Brilliantly told....I've just re-read this novel; and I've just remembered why it stuck with me after reading it the first time. I have since learned that the novella is based on a true story, in which the author himself had been involved. This caused the book to carry even more of a disturbing impact for me.The novel (novella? it's rather short) starts off in detective/journalistic investigative fashion; at first it seems casual and desultory; the narrator seems to be merely reporting. However, in spite of the text having the discipline and surface appearance of a journalistic style, when you realise that the author himself was emotionally impacted by the events, it dawns on you that the author has been attempting to work through his own horror and grief and helplessness at the events described in the book. The disciplined style in which he narrates, and the way in which he arranges the seemingly eclectic (but upon reflection obviously thoughtfully arranged) recollections, adds to the haunting and reflective qualities of the narration. It is only at the very end of the book that the author exposes one to the more visceral horror of the events, and here the journalistic, almost dispassionate narrative style serves to very effectively portray the horror inherent in this death that was so thoroughly foretold.The material has been so cleverly arranged that the narration picks up in emotional impact as the "investigation" develops, and the story finishes off with a visceral climax that leaves you feeling as if you had been punched in the solar plexus.It is a brilliant look at a set of events that was precipitated not only by acts, but by a certain mindset, - a single sexual act (the deflowering of Angela Vicario) ended up affecting an entire town, and the effects could still be felt twenty seven years later.At the start of his investigation the author sets out to seek answers as to the "why" the death happened. Throughout the book he presents a thousand "if only's"; - of instances of how the death could have been avoided if only this or that had happened slightly differently. The townspeople seem to believe it was a fait accompli because it was either ordained by fate, or, since it was a deed of "honour" within a certain religious mindset, it "had to" be done. I get the feeling that these are not the sentiments of the author himself though, and that at the end, he is left with the same rage of helpless incomprehension; which is yet subtly laced with a certain fatalistic acceptance, that he leaves the reader with. The most ironic twist for me was that it was the victims' own mother, who, at the very end, while actually trying to save her son, unwittingly finally sealed his fate.PS. It would seem that whomever did the Goodreads description introducing the novel, got hold of the wrong plot. It doesn't describe quite the correct set of events that take place in the novel, or even the actual POV of the novel, but oh, well...

Mai Fathy

ما الذى يسعنى قوله مُبهرة وممتعةحادثة القتل المؤلمة التى مضى على وقوعها اكثر من 20 عامايبدا ماركيز فى تجميع خطوطها على يد الراوى الغامض حتى مٌنتصف الرواية تقريبا من عدة مصادر وشهود..بلدة بأكملها للدقة تعتقد انك ستصاب مؤكد ستصاب بالملل لأنك ادركت اللعبة ويكفيك فقط ان تقرأ اول روايتين لشاهدين ثم تُلقى بالكتاب بعيد-وخصوصا إن لم تكن من قراء ماركيز المخضرمين-فتُفاجئ بان هناك المزيد مع كل صفحة وان كل سطر يعطى لما بعده جاذبية لا توصف ولما قبله اهمية بالغة وفى النهاية بعد ان تغلق الكتاب مبهورا تقولفعلها ماركيز..اوصلنى لنهاية الكتاب بلا إرادة وبكل الرضا والإستمتاعتماما كما فعلتهذة الرواية تجربة خالصة من المتعة كنت قد افتقدت ترجمات صالح علمانى العبقرية فقدم لى ايضا كاتبا يستحق الضجة المُثارة حوله بكل تأكيدنصيحة اذا كنت ممن يفقدون تركيزهم بسرعة-مثلى-فحاول ان تقرأها فى جو هادئ وبإستعداد تام للإنغماسلان الأسماء ستُرببك بالتأكيد:))


Chronicle of a Death Foretold is a short novel I would never have picked up if it hadn't been good advice from Ariel and Doug. This is a cautionary tale of the kind of senseless horror that happens when an isolated community makes harsh demands on women and then demands accountability when these demands are not met. It's brutal revenge in the name of honor, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez reaches out of the page and makes everyone an accomplice. It is an artful allegory and an excellent example of the magical realism style for which the author is known. Chronicle of a Death Foretold can be read in a day, so if you have a day, it's worth the read.


Cada vez me convenço mais de que há certos autores cujas obras devemos apenas ler quando já temos uma determinada idade ou maturidade. Tinha 15 anos quando li o meu primeiro livro de Gabriel García Márquez - Memórias das Minhas Putas Tristes - e confesso que não achei o livro nada de extraordinário e não houve nada nele que me fizesse ter vontade de voltar a ler algo deste autor. Claro que, provavelmente, esse não foi o melhor livro para começar e por isso quando vi esta edição de Crónica de una Muerte Anunciada pensei que seria a oportunidade perfeita para apagar essa primeira impressão.A história é pura e simplesmente fantástica!Foi incrível a forma como o autor conseguiu, a partir de um único evento, criar uma história tão rica quanto esta. Não pensei que a história tivesse um ritmo tão rápido e que acabasse por ter tanto dinamismo. Pensava, muito sinceramente, que fosse algo arrastada e que o facto de não ter muitos diálogos levasse a que a leitura fosse mais chata, mas felizmente esse não foi o caso. Gostei bastante da forma como a história se foi desenrolando e confesso que acabei por lê-lo muito mais rápido do que estava à espera.Gostei bastante da forma como as várias personagens foram introduzidas na história e como tinham lidado e/ou antevisto a desgraçada que se avizinhava. Claro que sendo o livro relativamente curto acabou por fazer com que não houvesse grande desenvolvimento e crescimento da maioria das personagens, mas aquelas que se destacam ficam-nos gravadas na memória. Gostei também do pequeno mistério que acompanhou toda a história e do facto de algumas questões terem ficado em aberto; dava quase a ideia de que estavamos a ler uma lenda e que havia algo de irreal em tudo o que estava a acontecer. Em suma, gostei bastante do livro e fiquei rendida ao estilo de Gabriel García Marquez. É provavel que volte a ler este livro, até porque fiquei com a ideia que havia algum simbolismo que valeria apena analisar. Por isso, uma releitura seria a oportunidade perfeita para me voltar a perder nesta crónica.


آمن الجميع بحماقة هيتشكوك أحد أهم المخرجين السينمائيين في العالم عندما قرر أن يقتل بطلة فيلمه الجديد بعد عشرين دقيقة و لم يحُل بينه و بين ذلك رفض شركة الإنتاج تمويل فيلمه الشهير " سايكو " الذي حقق نجاحاً عظيماً فيما بعد - إن لم يعدّ أكثر أفلامه نجاحاً -. ماركيز ضارباً بالتشويق عرض الحائط يكتب بالسطر الأول نهاية روايته التي يقول عنوانها كل شيء تقريباً. بل يكرر ذلك في مقاطع أخرى بشيء من الاستفزاز. سانتياغو نصار المنحدر من أصول عربية يلقى مصرعه بأبشع ما يمكن حيث يتم تقطيعه إرباً بسكاكين خاصة بقتل الخنازير على يد الأخوين فيكاريو - بداعي الشرف - فالأخت التي عادت صبيحة اليوم التالي لزواجها المهيب و الذي كان الزواج الأشهر في القرية لم تكن عذراء. و بتحريض من خمر القصب و الحنق يخرج الأخوان بسكاكينهم الخاصة ليعلنوا للجميع بما في ذلك العمدة و الكولونيل و الكاهن و بقية أفراد القرية عن نية القتل. البعض لا يؤمن بقدرتهم على ذلك و البعض الآخر يعتقد أن لا حاجة لتحذيره فلم يحدث أن قُتِل أحدهم بهذه الدعايات الخرقاء. بينما تصمت البقية بكل لامبالاة و سلبية. حتى الكولونيل بكل وداعة قام بتجريدهم من أسلحتهم و صرفهم للنوم عندما التقى بهم قبيل حدوث الفاجعة بساعتين. عندما يقتلونه لاحقاً سنجدهما يركضان إلى الكنيسة للاعتراف ببرائتهما و بجريمة القتل أيضاً. ليس لدافع الشرف فقط بل لأنهما قد أخبرا الجميع و لم يثنهما أحد عن فعلتهما تلك! بكل كانا قد نصبا كمينهما في المكان الذي يمكَن الجميع من رؤيتهما و ياللسخرية فهو نفس المكان الذي من المستبعد جداً أن يسلك سنتياغو الطريق المؤدي إليه. و ماركيز إذ يتسائل عن القدر و مصير الإنسان و عاقبة أعماله لن يمنحك الفرصة حتى لتطمئن إلى أن سنتياغو نصار هو من هتك عذريتها. في الرواية يلقى اللوم بالكامل على المجتمع و يدين تصاعد العنف البشري و الوحشية التي لا يكف الإنسان عن تطويرها. استغرقت كتابة هذه الرواية ثلاثة عقود! لا، لم يكن يكتبها طوال تلك الفترة. بل كان يحملها في جنبه فسنتياغو ليس سوى كيتانو خينتلي صديق ماركيز المقرب! و الأخوين فيكاريو هما في الحقيقة تشيكا! و قد توسلت والدة ماركيز أن لا يدوّن هذه الأحداث في روايته و قد أطاعها حتى قضت أغلب الشخصيات الحقيقية نحبها - و إن تقدم عليه أحدهم بدعوى خاسرة في المحاكم الكولومبية مطالباً بتعويض لا يقل عن نصف مليون دولار -. فالرواية في طبعتها الأولى تجاوزت مليونين نسخة في رقم قياسي و فريد من نوعه. الراوي هو ماركيز و إن لم يصرّح بذلك يكفي أن نتذكر أن والدة الراوي تحمل اسم والدته كما سنجد ميرثيدس زوجته و أخته المفضلة مارغوت و أخويه أيضاً.رواية عبقرية تزيد عن المئة صفحة و ما لا يمكنني نسيانه أبداً هو مشهد سنتياغو نصار حين تأتيه الأصوات تدعوه للحذر من كل جانب و هو يمضي بكل عزم نحو الفاجعة.


** spoiler alert ** This was an incredibly painful book to read. Basically it tells the story of how a guy is killed, but the story is told OVER and OVER from like 15 points of view. This wouldn't be a problem, if each story added something completely different to the story. But it doesn't, so it's like hearing the same story 15 times. The narratives were also blander than water, if that's even possible, which made each word read feel like a dagger stabbing me in the eye. The only thing that even got me to finish the book was because I wanted to know why the guy was killed and because I was assigned this book for a class. What's even worse is that I got to the end and they don't tell you why he was killed! What a waste of time! Marquez makes you suffer through a poorly written book, and then you don't get the satisfaction of an ending!

Mohamed Shady

" لقـد قتلـوا سنتياغو نصـار ! "إنهـا حقـًا قصـة موت معلـن .. وربمـا تكـون الوحيـدة ! جريمـة قتـل علـم الجميـع أنهـا ستحـدث .. القاتـل والمقتـول وأهالـى البلـدة والشرطـة والعمـدة وراهـب الكنيسـة ومـع ذلك حدثـت ! لعـل ما يميـز ماركيـز هو قـدرته الهائلـة على خلـق عدد كبيـر من الشخصيـات ، لكـل منهـم عالمـه وصفاتـه وخصائصـه التى تميـزه عـن غيـره ونسـج كــل هـذا فى بنـاء مُحكـم من الأحـداث المشوقـة.. الغـريب أنك ستشعـر أنه يفعـل كـل هـذا دون مجهـود منـه ! توغلـه وترسخـه ومعرفتـه الكاملـة بالمجتمـع الكولومبـى يعطيانـه مَلكَـة هائلـة ومقـدرة غيـر طبيعيـة على الابـداع.. وهـو نفـس ما يميـّز العملاق المصـرى نجيب محفـوظ الذى كـان خبيـرًا لا يشق له غبـار بالمجتمع المصـرى ولطالمـا كتب عنـه وخلده فى رواياتـه ..بمعنى آخـر ، يمكننـى أن أقـول أن نجيب محفـوظ هو ماركيزنـا .. أو ماركيـز هو نجيبهـم ! الجـديـد هنـا أن الروايـة تُروى بطريقـة ال Vantage Point ... فالحكايـة نفسهـا تُروى أكثـر من مـرة بمنظـور يختلـف من شخصيـة لأخـرى.. ربمـا إذا شاهـدت الفيلم الذى يحمل نفس اسم الطريقـة ستعـرف عمـا أتحـدث.

بثينة العيسى

تبدأ الرواية ببساطة فادحة.فالموت معلن، وحتمي، ولكن أحدا لا يفعل شيئا لكي يوقفه.الرواية تفضح بشكل رائع البساطة المخيفة التي يتم بها القتل في هذا العالم.


After reading One Hundred Years of Solitude, it's been really hard for me to appreciate other books by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.I've sat on the river boat with Florentino Ariza, and I was unmoved by his quest for love. I've been a voyeur to the old bachelor who buys himself a fourteen-year old virgin on his 90th birthday. I was mildly disgusted. However, "Chronicle of a Death Foretold", this I like. I really, really like. For people that haven't read GGM, this would be a good place to start. It's a slim read (my copy is only 143 pages), and it gives you a taste of what his other books are like. For people that have complained about Marquez being too wordy, this is the book for you. The prose is descriptive, but far from being purple.The story is about the murder of Santiago Nasir. Although his death was foretold by everybody in his town, nobody does anything to stop the attack from happening. Marquez is a master at story-telling. Even though the same story is being told throughout the book by many different characters, their individual accounts of the crime just draws you into the book even more. Again, Marquez brings the magical into the mundane. There aren't any shortages of ghosts or pyschic dreams in this one.

mark monday

"manifestations of love are ritualistic" and the same goes for honor.

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