Title

The Death of the River and the River of Death: The Magdalena River in El amor en los tiempos del cólera and La novia oscura

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-2013

Abstract

This essay focuses on two of these works: El amor en los tiempos del cólera (Love in the Time of Cholera) by Gabriel Garcìa Màrquez (hereinafter Amor) and La novia oscura (The Dark Bride) by Laura Restrepo (hereinafter Novia). Though it is true that these novels coincide in presenting the Magdalena as the scene of Colombia's deterioration and destruction, the river of Novia explores the connections between natural space, individual conscience, and national reality, all the while commenting on, and questioning, the message the Magdalena is made to convey in Amor. The analysis that follows seeks to elucidate the dialogue Restrepo's novel opens up with that of Garcìa Màrquez, particularly with respect to the representation of the Magdalena and its function as a national symbol.

Publisher

University of Minnesota Press

Publication Information

Hispanic Issues On Line: Troubled Waters: Rivers in Latin American Imagination

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