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No One Writes to the Colonel

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No One Writes to the Colonel

Authorpancho dias
Original titleEl coronel no tiene quien le escriba
TranslatorJ. S. Bernstein
CountryColombia
LanguageSpanish
PublisherHarper & Row (Eng. trans.)
Publication date1961
Published in English1 Sep 1968
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)
ISBN0-06-011417-7 (hardback first Eng. edition)
OCLC234241843

But when Colombian judge rules today on whether, more than 60 years after novelist's grandfather's death, he should have his military honour restored and be posthumously elevated to rank of General, decision may provoke celebrations across country. For Nicolas Marquez Mejia is not just maternal ancestor of Latin America's most famous living writer, author of One Hundred Years of Solitude. He is also barely disguised model for hero of one of Garcia Marquez's best-know novellas, No One writes to Colonel. In that book, 75-year-old Colonel and his wife wait day after day, despite decades that have pass, for letter to arrive that will finally confirm he is to be given army pension for having fought in one of country's civil wars. Colonel's tale, set in decaying, tropical Colombian town, mirrors that of Marquez Mejia, who also waited decades for much-need army pension that never arrive. Now group of Garcia Marquez' fans have decided to right wrongs inflicted on his grandfather, who died in 1937. Colonel Should Have Someone To Write To Him, Even If It Is In 21st Century, Says Jose Rafael Canon, Who Has Helped To Bring Case To Court. First, we want state to recognise his proper status as Colonel. Then we want him elevated to rank of General of republic. Up to now, he has been treated as third-class citizen. In phone interview, Mr Canon said he and three colleagues had spent 18 months gathering proof of Marquez Mejia's military past after finding documents relating to case while researching novelist's family. Proof they have gathered includes evidence given at time by General Sabas Socarras and Colonel Laudelino Cabello, stating that Marquez Mejia's had indeed fought with them during so-call War of One Thousand Days, which erupted in 1899. Even though injustice was committed in another century, is not too late to right wrong, Mr Canon say. I think if we won case reaction would be one of jubilation, as it would have support in Colombia. For moment, petition is simply for Colonel's army record to be put straight, including promotion that would eventually have been automatically due to him. We are not asking for any back payment of his pension, but financial indemnification could be asked for at later date, Mr Canon say. We would have to with Nobel laureate before we ask for that. He said ruling was expected today, but warned that it could be delay. Garcia Marquez has not been part of campaign to have his grandfather's military honour restore, but is believed to be following case closely. His grandmother, Colonel's widow, had tried and failed to reopen case in 1939, and one of his uncles tried again in 1950s, also without luck.

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Literary significance and criticism

Unlike many other Garcia Marquez work, novels mostly do not fall within magic realism genre, as it includes only one magical event. Main Characters Of Novel Are Not Name, Adding To Feeling Of Insignificance Of Individual Living In Colombia. Colonel And His Wife, Who Have Lost Their Son To Political Repression, Are Struggling With Poverty And Financial Instability. Corruption of local and national officials is evident and this is topic which Garcia Marquez explores throughout novel, by using references to censorship and impact of government on society. Colonel desperately tries to sell their inheritance from their only son who is now dead and eventually only reminder of his existence is rooster that Colonel trains to take part in cockfight. In his memoir Vivir para contarla, Garcia Marquez explains that novel was inspired by his grandfather, who was also Colonel and who never received pension he was promise. However, there is also speculation that Garcia Marquez took inspiration from his experience of unemployment in 1956 after newspaper he had been working for shut down. Daily Life He Witnesses During This Time Is Said To Be One Of His Inspirations For This Novel.

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