The John Howard Birss, Jr. Memorial Program 2017

2017 Selection - One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

Cover of One Hundred Years of Solitude

Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of One Hundred Years of Solitude


One of the 20th century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world, and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize–winning career. The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. It is a rich and brilliant chronicle of life and death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the noble, ridiculous, beautiful, and tawdry story of the Buendía family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America. Love and lust, war and revolution, riches and poverty, youth and senility -- the variety of life, the endlessness of death, the search for peace and truth -- these universal themes dominate the novel. Whether he is describing an affair of passion or the voracity of capitalism and the corruption of government, Gabriel García Márquez always writes with the simplicity, ease, and purity that are the mark of a master. Alternately reverential and comical, One Hundred Years of Solitude weaves the political, personal, and spiritual to bring a new consciousness to storytelling. Translated into dozens of languages, this stunning work is no less than an accounting of the history of the human race.

Schedule of Events

Book Discussion Group

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 
3 pm & 7 pm - Rogers Free Library

Cheryl Stein
Circulation Supervisor, Rogers Free Library

Keynote Address

Wednesday. March 1, 2017 
4:30 pm - Roger Williams University 
Mary Tefft White Cultural Center 

Dr. María Helena Rueda 
Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, Smith College 

Library Exhibition

February 1 - March 31, 2017
“Gabriel García Márquez and ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE
Opening Reception February 1st at 4:30 pm

Prepared by: Professor Christine S. Fagan 
Collection Management Librarian,
Roger Williams University Events made possible by
The Professor John Howard Birss Jr. Memorial Fund,
University Honors Program, 
Roger Williams University Library, and Rogers Free Library All events are free and open to the public.



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