Leaf Storm and Other Stories
• “Leaf storm”, metaphor for colonialism. Covers its inhabitants in dust.
• First three books only sold 700 copies! He did not make one peso!
• “Look at the mess we’ve got ourselves into just because we invited… to eat our
• Cien anos de Soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude)
• 1982 = Nobel Prize
• His favourite book (leaf storm)
• “A good translation is always a recreation in another language. I think my work
has been completely recreated in English.” –Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
• “The tone I used in One Hundred Years of Solitude was based on the way my
grandmother used to tell stories. She told things that sounded supernatural and
fantastic, but she told them with complete naturalness…what was most important
was the expression she had on her face. She did not change her expression at all
when telling her stories…
• Magic Realism (paintings of real subjects done in a hyperrealitic style)
• Capture the everyday (walking feet)
• Horse approaching a train. Horse and Train (1957) (Hamilton)
• Man versus machine. Ordinary things are important.
• Representation of the everyday as magical. The mundane is magical.
• The Dream (1910) (Henry Rousseau)
• It is magical. It is all in her head (naked women on the coach imagining herself in
• Michael Parce, magical painting done in realistic style. The magical as the real
• The key to understanding magical realism: it can represent the real as magical, it
can also represent the magical as real.
• The real is represented as magical (100 years of solitude… “the world was so
recent that many things lacked names, and in order to indicate them it was
necessary to point”. The magical represented as real.
• Does not distinguish between reality and fantasy.
• Marquez argued that his stories were real.
• FRANZ KAFKA!!! You can write anything you want.
• Pretend that the fantastic is real. Fiction is MAGIC.
• Fiction is the act of lying with a straight face. Being convincing enough to fool
your audience. (Cough…J.K Rowling) Second Half, hard part. Good part. Philosophy.
• A critique of reason: are as old as philosophy itself. (“I doubt that…”)
• Epistemology: the study of knowledge.
• The distinguishing reason of the 20 century, it is motivated more by social than
epistemological concerns. The affects on us, world, nature. It’s concerned less
with the method of reason but with the kind of world reason has produced.
• Post Marxist thinkers: the Frankfurt school. “The Dialect of Enlightenment”
• Written in a style that resists summary. Summary is what it’s angry about. It’s
deliberately trying to resist be able to be summarized.
• “Reason”, is supposed to be what liberates us. Instead, it controls us. Reason
reduces everything. To manageable concepts. Reason is not a tool of
liberation. Reason is a tool of domination.
• To name these fears, (Poseidon, Oceania…the sea). Whe