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Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Chronicle of a Death Foretold
Author: Gabriel Garcia Marquez
ISBN 13: 9780394530741
ISBN 10: 394530748
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Publication Date: 1983-03-12
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 128
List Price: $26.00

A man returns to the town where a baffling murder took place 27 years earlier, determined to get to the bottom of the story. Just hours after marrying the beautiful Angela Vicario, everyone agrees, Bayardo San Roman returned his bride in disgrace to her parents. Her distraught family forced her to name her first lover; and her twin brothers announced their intention to murder Santiago Nasar for dishonoring their sister.
Yet if everyone knew the murder was going to happen, why did no one intervene to stop it? The more that is learned, the less is understood, and as the story races to its inexplicable conclusion, an entire society—not just a pair of murderers—is put on trial.

Christopher Lehmann-Haupt

''Chronicle'' is not nearly so fantastic as Garcia Marquez's earlier novels. It contains a powerfully plausible plot - a dream-like detective story, really, that pursues the questions of why and how two young men have undertaken a brutal murder that they actually had not wanted to commit....I found ''Chronicle of a Death Foretold'' by far the author's most absorbing work to date. I read it through in a flash, and it made the back of my neck prickle. -- New York Times