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Magic Realist Elements in Love in the Time of Cholera by G.G. MarquezMagic realist elements in Love in the Time of Cholera by G.G. Marquez. Paradoxically enough, a reception of a book starts even before it is taken to readers hands and opened. When one only hears the name of the author or the title of the novel, some associations appear almost automatically. These associations can later on influence the readers impressions or even to some degree the analysis of a chosen literary work. Thus, when the name of Marquez is evoked, the very first thing to come to ones mind is probably One Hundred Years of Solitude and for some readers the term of magic realism. Every other Marquezs work must take into an account such inevitable context. Then, the title also determines readers expectations. In the case of Love in the Time of Cholera the subject of this essay all enormous tradition of love literature passes in the background, due to the novels title. To what degree these associations help in the understanding of Marquezs famous book it is to be discovered. To begin with, obviously not all of the Colombian writers works have been created in the magic realist mode. In In Evil Hour (1961) or The General in His Labyrinth (1989) there are hardly any magic realist elements. On the other hand, One Hundred Years of Solitude still functions as the main and most eminent example of magic

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