Before I started reading this book, Goodreads have already recorded 73,000 ratings and 3,500 reviews When I was reading this book, I found out some friends had read this book at his/her school age How lucky you are, my friends This is a good novel.There are thousands correct ways to write a story This novel used one of the rarely used ways It was using nonlinear timeline story, move backandforth between multi POV from a same morning when the incident occurred It was not the first story using it (In The Groove of Rashomon and Other Stories came to my mind), but Márquez addedfactors into the story: unavoidable fate (no matter how good your intentions or how hard your efforts), or how some persons were weakwilled too afraid to intervene In other words, this fiction injected some realistic factors in the novel, combined with skillful writing.I want to point the HAPPY ending for this novel How genius Márquez put the real end of the story in the middle of the story (view spoiler)[at the end of part 4 I have reread those a few last paragraphs of part 4, even in the middle of writing this review (hide spoiler)] Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez who is best known for his One Hundred Years of Solitude penned a novella A Chronicle of Death Foretold based on real life events that he witnessed In this novella, Marquez tells through the eyes of an unnamed narrator the events that lead to the murder of Santiago Nasar It is in the characterizations of the personas this short book that we get a taste of Marquez' brilliance which won him many honors during his writing career Santiago Nasar is the only child of Ibrahim Nasar and Placida Nacido He is engaged to be married to Flor Miguel, but as his father before him, has engaged in trysts with his housekeeper's daughter Likewise he has frequented a whorehouse and has an intimate relationship with its matron Meanwhile Bayardo San Ramon and Angela Vicario are to be married Angela is not a virgin and San Ramon kicks her out of their marriage chamber She is dishonored by her mother, and her twin brothers Pablo and Pedro are determined to kill the man responsible for their sister's reckless behavior All signs point to Santiago Nasar The narrator tells this tale when all principal players have reached middle age A boyhood friend of Nasar and a cousin of the Vicarios, he is determined to find out if Nasar was really guilty Angela has paid the price, living like an old maid, yet still professing her love to Bayardo San Ramon after all these years Yet despite the narrator's attempts to piece all the evidence together, Angela will not reveal the key clue, leaving the reader hanging throughout this short tale Even in this short tale, it is obvious to me that Garcia Marquez knows how to weave a story together I am fan of Isabel Allende and people tell me that her writing reminds them of Garcia Marquez As this is my first taste of his writing, I can sense the similarities many characters in a Latin American village, the opening sentences containing flashbacks, and a high level of magical realism I rate this novella 4 stars for its short length as I look forward to reading Garcia Marquez' opus which earned him international renown. ‘’There had never been a deathforetold.’’ Santiago is murdered in the market of a Colombian town The perpetrators are two brothers His crime? The supposed defilement of their sister, whose marriage to a young man was broken because she wasn’t a virgin Márquez does something extraordinary here He creates one of his finest works, a crime mystery where the question isn’t who or what but why Why did everything happen in such a way? Why do people have to resort to such actions? Why are we worse than the wildest animals? Márquez is concerned with human nature and the origin of truth and lies, In nonlinear narrative, written in firstperson account, based on reallife events, Márquez creates a masterpiece whose title entered our everyday speech, whose inevitable violence still shocks us ‘’Lowlifes’’ {..} shitty animals that can’t do anything that isn’t something awful.’’ When I first read this novella, some 10odd years ago, I was studying in university and a colleague asked me why on Earth would I ever read a book whose outcome is known beforehand There is an idiot in every corner and Márquez seemed to know that well The portraits of the town residents couldn’t have been darker They condemn Santiago because his origins aren’t the same as their own He is an Other, therefore he is guilty without the benefit of doubt Does this ring a bell? Everybody knows what is to come but no one warns him The police do nothing, the priest forgets the most fundamental of Christ’s teaching and does nothing When the mob condemns you, you don’t stand a chance Márquez’s contempt and disgust are evident throughout the novella.Márquez also touches on the themes of gender equality and ‘’purity’’ Santiago isn’t painted in favourable colours, his contempt and violence towards women are often mentioned Angela is a rather controversial character too You cannot take a solemn vow whether she speaks the truth or not, she is fickle and emptyheaded and as much of a tragic character like Santiago Was she raped? Was she in love with an other man? These are the actual mysteries of the story ‘’I saw the knives in the light from the street lamps and it looked to me that they were dripping blood.’’ Márquez is the writer who paved the way for Magical Realism, incorporating its elements to each story in a subtle, poetic way, making the narration flow without turning into Fantasy This became a common feature in Latin American Literature and quite a few writers tried to mimic him with poor results In Chronicle of a Death Foretold, the omens acquire an almost Biblical significance The weather, the animals primarily dogs the prophetic dreams bring to mind the fables of the signs that precede a catastrophe Think of the omens described in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, in the night before the vile murder took place.Every book by Márquez requires patience, dedication and a close attention to the story in order to fully understand the wealth and magic of his writing Márquez is a Latin American Dostoevsky, a writer that should be required reading if we want teenagers to ever become accomplished readers ‘’Give me a prejudice and I will move the world.’’ My reviews can also be found on Crónica de una muerte anunciada = Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Gabriel Garcí­a MárquezChronicle of a Death Foretold is a novella by Gabriel García Márquez, published in 1981 It tells, in the form of a pseudojournalistic reconstruction, the story of the murder of Santiago Nasar by the two Vicario brothers.Characters: Santiago Nasar, Ángela Vicario, Bayardo San Román, Pablo and Pedro Vicarioتاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز اول ماه می سال 1994 میلادیعنوان: گزارش یک مرگ، نویسنده: گابریل گارسیا مارکز؛ مترجم: لیلی گلستان؛ تهران، نشر البرز، چاپ دوم 1362، در 119 ص، شابک: 9646952643؛ چاپ سوم 1369؛ چاپ چهارم 1370؛ چاپ پنجم 1373؛ چاپ دیگر: نشر نو؛ 1361؛ در هشت و 119 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: نشر ماهی، 1388، در 133 ص؛ شابک: 9789649971902؛ چاپ دوم 1389؛ چاپ سوم 1390؛ چاپ چهارم و پنجم 1392؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان کلمبیایی سده 20 مروابط سنتی اهالی امریکای لاتین، مارکز روزنامه نگار بازهم داستان میسراید یک برداشت است از یک رخداد یا جنایت، شخصیتها و نوع رخداد را تغییر داده، و روایت کرده، نوع روایت بسیار عجیب است؛ هم پیچیده و هم ساده است ا شربیانی On the day they were going to kill him, Santiago Nasar got up at fivethirty in the morning to wait for the boat the bishop was coming on A grand wedding A gruesome murder And a multitude of lives changed forever Chronicle of a Death Foretold is a novella which recounts a fictionalized account inspired by an actual incident of honorkilling in Colombia back in 1951, now immortalized in this 1981 novella.The story is about the series of events leading up to a murder, and its aftermath It is written in pseudojournalistic style in the form of interviewed accounts staged 20 years after the tragedy Thefantastic aspects of the novel are that the victim is made to be a Jesuslike figure, so much so that his death is almost likened to crucifixion One can also relate to the theatrics of the death of Julius Caesar while reading this story The death of Julius Caesar Fun fact: The novel led to a 17year legal battle after a man claimed unlawful use of his life story for the novel. There had never been a death so foretold Márquez's oeuvre may be roughly divided into two streams of writing: the magician of One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera and the journalistadventurer of this novel and News of a Kidnapping The ominous world of magic realism closes shop when Marquez switches his gears to journalistic storytelling But may be not quite; because right from the opening scene an eerie premonition trails at the heels of Santiago Nasar and, do what he might, catches him unawares to punish him for a crime he might or might not have committed In this novella the writernarrator sets himself up to the task of investigating the events that led to the death so foretold.You may call it a reportage of an impossible and inexplicable murder that could have been prevented with just a shout You may call it story of a man who must pay for violating the unwritten code of honour when he is suspected of deflowering Angela Vicario, his best pal's sister, hours before she was to get married to another man Or you may simply call it a story of an honour killing, but unlike other stories of this kind this is not yet another banal attempt aimed at soliciting public's disgust at the horrific practice, told from the moral high ground of an observer's point of view It does not portray the entire value system backward and barbaric which stories of this kind are wont to do, but operates from inside the culture to report on the dynamics that lead to and make something like this possible This objectivity sits at the heart of good writing and this sets Márquez apart from a bevy of writers who have produced stereotypical fictional accounts of a culture at war with itself.I won't call it unreliable narration but rather a deliberate building up of ambiguity with respect to the victim's role: Was Santiago Nasar guilty of dishonouring Angela Vicario, or was there a big misunderstanding all along, made all thecomplicated by a surfeit of circumstantial evidence? Here you have Márquez, the master investigative journalist, with the best implements of his trade, testing your powers of observation and turning you into a witness who is being strung along willynilly by a powerful voice It's one of those novels where the process of telling a story is greater than the story itself In other words, how it's told rather than what's told.By the honour of Angela Vicario this is a story unequaled in its telling! Stabbing a man to death is not as easy as it sounds, after all, it took 23 swipes at poor old Julius Caesar, but only one of them was actually deemed fatal It takes a hell of an effort Not like that seen in those pathetic slasher movies, where a big breasted peroxide blonde is chased around a mansion by a nutcase bearing a huge blade that only dishes out flesh wounds.Chronicling the murder of one Santiago Nasar in a small unnamed South American village, Márquez dazzles in a fictional world that is as pungently sharp as the knives used to kill, it's a murder everyone in town knew was coming, yet no one wanted ''Never was a deathforetold.'' says the the novels narrator, recounting the events of that fateful day, in fact, it's many years later where the story is told from, using the recollections of various townsfolk, a picture is slowly built up of just who and why this horrendous act took place The purpose is less to do with trying solve any mystery, as the deed was committed in broad daylight, by two brothers, who understood their sister had been dishonored by Nasar, it'sbased on the determination to try and understand why no one was able to prevent the death from happening Spare in tone and somewhat bizarre it's a clever piece of writing that explores the nature of complicity and fate, and of how an act of savage intent can effect so many lives over time Márquez utilizes mysticism and spirituality in his writing that represents culture, and symbolizes meaning within the context of the work The death of Santiago may not have been avoided, partially due to the strange inabilities of his characters to connect with their spiritual powers Both Santiago’s mother and his godmother are unable to ‘truly feel his demise’ Mostly random thoughts and actions of several different people contribute to altering the course of that murderous day, with the fate of Santiago totally left in the hands of others.Although a quick read, what I admired the most was the fact it's a deeper story than you think, it's not just the death of one, but the suffering of many, those who are burdened with failed responsibilities, the knives may have been in the hands of the killers, but seemingly the whole village also has a tight grip around them, this makes the story all thepowerful and ultimatelysad in the end, leaving an open wound on the people, unlikely ever to heal. They've killed me, Wene child, he said.Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez is an interesting and a strange true story, narrated and reconstructed by the author himself, of a murder that took place 27 years earlier in a Caribbean town, where the author grew up This novel is a detailed account of the entire incident, with data collected and accumulated from various sources The author also gives the reader a feel of living in a Caribbean town. Truth in the title: the title tells us exactly the plot of the novel A man is stabbed to death He’s a fairly wealthy young man (he’s 21) who runs a cattle ranch inherited from his father There’s an interesting ethnic twist: His father’s family speaks Arabic at home and his Spanish mother on occasion calls him “white man.” Although the locals call his family ‘Turks,’ because they are Catholic, it’s likely they were Lebanese and arrived in Colombia (where the story is set) from the great mixing and melting pot of the Caribbean The title tells us all we need to know and very early on in the story we know why he was killed, so I’m not giving away any plot Another wealthy man in town has just had the most extravagant wedding ever seen in the town But the next morning the bridegroom ‘returns the bride’ to her family because she has been deflowered by the young man who will then be killed by her two brothers The day of the murder the brothers make no secret of their intentions They wander around town telling people what they intend to do By midmorning just about everyone in town has heard them say they will kill him So why is nothing done? Everyone has an excuse There’s a big commotion in town because the bishop is coming by riverboat to wave at folks and give the town a blessing So even the priest thinks ‘this is a criminal matter that doesn’t concern me.' Most folks assume it’s just ‘drunk talk.' The mayor has the police chief take away their hog butchering knives when they are seen sharpening them (But they have plenty of knives.) Also it’s assumed they are talking to so many folks that someone will stop them and maybe they want to be stopped.The story is told retrospectively from almost 30 years later A fascinating read that under the author’s masterful writing, makes the entire story perfectly plausible “We killed him openly,” Pedro Vicario said, but we’re innocent.”A good read Small town in Colombia from arrangedtravelers.comPhoto of the author from npr.com گزارش یک مرگ روایتی روزنامه‌نگارانه از کشته شدن جوانی به نام سانتیاگو ناصر به دست دو برادر است؛ مرگی که بعد از گذشت بیش از بیست سال هنوز دست از سر شاهدانش برنداشته، مرگی از پیش اعلام شده که همه از آن خبر داشتند یکی از دوستان سانتیاگو ناصر راوی ناشناس داستان هنوز کنجکاو این مرگ است و با کسانی که در جریان آن بوده‌اند بعد از گذشت چند دهه به گفت‌وگو نشسته و دیده‌ها و شنیده‌هایش را از آن روز نحس بازگو می‌کند روایت داستان روندی معکوس دارد، مخاطب در همان صفحه اول از این مرگ آگاه می‌شود و همراه راوی به همه جای دهکده‌ای که قتل در آن به وقوع پیوست سر می‌کشد راوی بین گذشته و حال سرگردان است و روایت دقیق و ظریف او از حادثه‌ای که تمام اهالی دهکده از آن خبردار بودند و با این حال هیچ کس نتوانست مانع وقوعش شود، داستانی حیرت‌انگیز خلق می‌کند؛ داستانی که دلیل اهمیت آن نه قتل، بلکه چگونگی به وقوع پیوستن آن است با اینکه مرگ در همان صفحه اول خود را به رخ ما می‌کشد اما تعلیق همچنان تا پایان داستان خواننده را رها نمی‌کند