"THE GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT IN SPANISH LITERATURE SINCE DON QUIXOTE" (NERUDA): FIRST EDITION OF CIEN AÑOS DE SOLEDAD, 1967
GARCIA MARQUEZ, Gabriel. Cien Anos de Soledad. Buenos Aires: Editorial Sudamericana, (1967). Octavo, original pictorial paper wrappers. Housed in a custom onlaid half morocco clamshell box. $5800.
First edition of "one of the preeminent literary achievements of the century," in original pictorial wrappers. Text in Spanish.
"One of the best-known and highly esteemed works of Latin American magic realism, One Hundred Years of Solitude [Cien Años de Soledad]… allegorizes cosmic questions and literary concerns while remaining an absorbing story" (Barron, Fantasy and Horror 7-130). García Márquez's wife Mercedes "had to pawn her hair dryer and their electric heater to pay for the postage to mail the finished manuscript—in two separate lots, because they couldn't afford to mail the whole thing all at once—to his Argentine publisher, who printed 8000 copies. They sold out in a week… Although the Boom in Latin-American fiction was well under way, the popular response to One Hundred Years of Solitude was almost unimaginable… It is the most famous manifestation of the Boom, and García Márquez is the most celebrated of the prominent Boom writers" (Jon Lee Anderson). Pablo Neruda proclaimed it "the greatest achievement in Spanish literature since Don Quixote" (Klein, 26).
Usual slight toning to interior, only light wear to extremities of fragile wrappers and mild toning mainly to spine. A near-fine copy, unusual in such nice condition.