Pipes and kettledrums herald the arrival of gypsies on their annual visit to Macondo, the newly founded village where José Arcadio Buendía and his strong-willed wife, Úrsula, have started their new life. As the mysterious Melquíades excites Aureliano Buendía's father with new inventions and tales of adventure, neither can know the significance of the indecipherable manuscript that the old gypsy passes into their hands.
One Hundred Years Of Solitude:
Gabriel Garcia Marquez was born in 1927 in Aractaca, Colombia. His most recent book, Memories of my Melancholy Whores (2005), is his first new novel to be published in a decade and is now available in paperback from penguin. He is the author of several novels, works of non-fiction and collections of short stories, including Leaf Storm (1955); One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967); The Autumn of the Patriarch (1975); Chronicle of a Death Foretold (1981) and The General in His Labyrinth (1989).
He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.