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ISBN-10: 0231184336
ISBN-13: 9780231184335
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 08/11/2020
Dimensions: 9.20" L, 6.10" W, 1.00" H

Ascent to Glory: How One Hundred Years of Solitude Was Written and Became a Global Classic

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Gabriel García Márquez’s novel One Hundred Years of Solitude seemed destined for obscurity upon its publication in 1967. The little-known author, small publisher, magical style, and setting in a remote Caribbean village were hardly the usual ingredients for success in the literary marketplace. Yet today it ranks among the best-selling books of all time. Translated into dozens of languages, it continues to enter the lives of new readers around the world. How did One Hundred Years of Solitude achieve this unlikely success? And what does its trajectory tell us about how a work of art becomes a classic?

Ascent to Glory is a groundbreaking study of One Hundred Years of Solitude, from the moment García Márquez first had the idea for the novel to its global consecration. Using new documents from the author’s archives, Álvaro Santana-Acuña shows how García Márquez wrote the novel, going beyond the many legends that surround it. He unveils the literary ideas and networks that made possible the book’s creation and initial success. Santana-Acuña then follows this novel’s path in more than seventy countries on five continents and explains how thousands of people and organizations have helped it to become a global classic. Shedding new light on the novel’s imagination, production, and reception, Ascent to Glory is an eye-opening book for cultural sociologists and literary historians as well as for fans of García Márquez and One Hundred Years of Solitude.

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García Márquez's novel used the writer's own past to imagine, between the lines, a better future. As one of those sociologists who is a 'historian of the present, ' Álvaro Santana-Acuña has reflected the Colombian writer's singular achievement. I believe his readers will be inspired to use this book, which is full of new ideas, to think more lucidly about the unusually challenging future that now lies before us, both in literature and in life.–Gerald Martin, author of Gabriel García Márquez: A Life
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Details

ISBN-10: 0231184336
ISBN-13: 9780231184335
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 08/11/2020
Dimensions: 9.20" L, 6.10" W, 1.00" H
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