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Spanish Literature


Madhu Mitra


In my exploration of this topic, I chose to focus on two of Garcia Marquez's short stories--"A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" and "The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World"--and his novel Love in the Time of Cholera. Apart from an introduction and a conclusion, my paper can be divided into three parts. The first part--which can not be separated from the following two--focuses on the author and the context from which he writes. The following two segments build upon this by analyzing, first, his two short stories and, next, his novel in light of this groundwork. My intent was to prove that Garcia Marquez uses magic realism in his writing as a metafictional tool to demonstrate how identities in Latin America have become problematized since colonization.