Why did I love this book?
Set against a backdrop of civil war, this fantastical novel tells the story of seven generations of the Buendia family, who effectively live in a remote Colombian swamp.
I first read this unrestrained epic more than thirty years ago and was blown away by its beautiful absurdity. Gabriel García Márquez, the architect of el realismo mágico, turns reality upside down and shows his readers the magic and depravity that lurks underneath. Its poetic secrets have remained in my authorial psyche ever since and influenced the way in which I write.
It’s the most translated Spanish-language book after Don Quixote and is the quintessential magical realism novel. Rushdie said that Márquez was ‘the greatest of us all,’ and who am I to argue?