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Chronicle of a Death Foretold is an account of the killing of Santiago Nasar Told 27 years after the crime by an unnamed narrator arguably Garca Mrquez himself who returns to the village where he once lived to put back together the broken mirror of memory the story is constructed from the fragmented and often conflicting versions of events as they are remembered by the townspeople and by the narrator himself Santiago lived with his mother Placida Linero their cook Victoria Guzman and her daughter Divina Flor Santiagos father Ibrahim Nasar has died three years previously After his father died Santiago took over the family ranch which has been very successful the Nasars are wealthy in their community He was stabbed to death by twin brothers Pedro and Pablo Vicario for a perceived offense against the honor of their family The day before their sister Angela had been married to Bayardo San Romn a wealthy but enigmatic young man She returned to her family during the night when her new husband discovered that she was not a virgin This was a very unaccepted thing Garca Mrquez occupies most of this novel with detailing the actions of the Vicario brothers and Nasar in the hours leading up to Nasars death The novel is not really about either the killers or the victim however its about the people of their small Caribbean village As we quickly learn the Vicario brothers felt honor-bound to try to kill Nasar but they would have been perfectly satisfied not to succeed They told everyone who would listen of their intentions - thus making Nasars a death foretold - and it is apparent that they were hoping someone would stop them No one did The mayor of the town came the closest taking their knives away When told that the brothers had simply acquired new knives he went to confront them again but stopped first to check on a date
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