24PearlStreet Workshops and Events

Books That Matter:
Victoria Redel
Chronicle of a Death Foretold—Prefiguration, Augury, Dream: the Novel as Spiral Fiction May 21, 2024 Price: Regular Rate: $75.00 Teacher/Student Rate: $40.00
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Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez is a marvel, a 128 page novella that loops through time, community, social class, destiny, dream, truth while refusing to follow a linear path. And yet the book is all about time since we are told from the start that within a day Santiago Nasar will be murdered. It’s a book that defies conventional narrative—to whom does the story belong? Who is the protagonist? From the get-go Márquez is having fun. From the first sentence—no, the novella’s title—he challenges himself to weave a tale where the dire outcome is known. It’s an anti-whodunnit where complicity is everywhere. The novel is an adventure in structure that I’ve returned to again and again; and the more I unpack, the greater its pleasure.

Recommended reading:

Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez

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Victoria Redel is the author of five books of fiction and four poetry collections, most recently Paradise (2022). Her work has been widely anthologized, translated, and her novel, Loverboy, was adapted for a feature film. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including fellowships from the Guggenheim foundation and the NEA. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.






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