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Considered by many to be the greatest Latin American author Gabriel Garciacutea Maacuterquez encompasses the imagination of peasant settlers and the talent of nomadic gypsies in his writing Most famous for his celebrated epic novel One Hundred Years of Solitude this Colombian Nobel Prize winner is the father of a new literary genre called magical realism With a touch of authenticity and a hint of fantasy he creates a masterpiece Garciacutea Ms contribution to the literary world distinguishes him as a subject noteworthy of study for his work raises important questions of time and reality By setting the standard for magical realism Garc M prompts the reader to question what is real and what is unreal In his work he implies that our conception of reality is tainted by pragmatism and that reality is a far cry from rationality With a mixture of politics and superstition Garc M combines the actuality of journalism and the gist of folktale to set the tone for his writing He confirms The tone that I eventually used in One Hundred Years of Solitude was based on the way my grandmother used to tell stories She told things that sounded supernatural and fantastic but she told them with complete naturalness What was most important was the expression she had on her face She did not change her expression at all when telling her stories and everyone was surprised In previous attempts to write I tried to tell the story without believing in it I discovered that what I had to do was believe in them myself and write them with the same expression which my grandmother told them with a brick face This technique is effective because it annihilates the distinction between the real and the fantastic causing the reader to reconsider their perspectives on plausibility Miracles marvels and magic are often overstated and embellished to the point they lose all their significance However Garc M suggests that such typically
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