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The Autumn of the Patriarch

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One of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's most intricate and ambitious works, The Autumn of the Patriarch is a brilliant tale of a Caribbean tyrant and the corruption of power.

From charity to deceit, benevolence to violence, fear of God to extreme cruelty, the dictator of The Autumn of the Patriarch embodies the best and the worst of human nature. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the renowne
Paperback, 255 pages
Published March 14th 2006 by Harper Perennial Modern Classics (first published 1975)
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A-dziko Simba gegele Well, it was certainly a demanding read so much so that one reading, for me, is not sufficient - I hope to be able to get back to this novel sometime…moreWell, it was certainly a demanding read so much so that one reading, for me, is not sufficient - I hope to be able to get back to this novel sometime in the future and re-read it. The technique with its lack of punctuation where punctuation would be expected, it's epic sentences and swtiching in time and point of view, after a while, sinks into the subconscious and no longer stands out but it does take perseverence to get to that place.

Once in that place, there were no hitches in my enjoyment of the work which is truly magnificent.(less)

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Nov 19, 2016 William1 rated it it was amazing
A novel of blazing, indefatigable brilliance. A tale in which absolute power of a uniquely Caribbean variety corrupts its possessor absolutely. Year by year el presidenté grows ever farther from any connection with his people until he's a pampered Howard Hughes-like recluse. In his detachment he looses a succession of evil proxies on his people, who perpetrate genocides without a cause. In one, 20,000 children are murdered for their unwitting collusion in a lottery scam which el presidenté ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Dec 21, 2013 K.D. Absolutely rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010)
Hypnotic and brilliant.

This is my fourth Garcia Marquez book and this is said to be his most difficult book to read. It took him four (1968-1971) years to write this book. Four years. He wrote this as a follow up novel to his masterpiece, One Hundred Years of Solitude that catapulted him to stardom in the world literary arena. This was his most recent novel when he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.

I picked this 1001 book because there was a new member in our book club who is also a GGM
Ahmed Oraby
Aug 31, 2016 Ahmed Oraby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ممل أنت يا ماركيز ، ومملة هي حكاياتك
الرواية، على الرغم من كونها من نوعي المفضل؛ واقعية سحرية، أدب لاتيني، أدب سياسي وأدب سجون، وهي كذلك رواية فانتازية ذات أجواء غرائبية للغاية، باعتراف المترجم نفسه، فتجد مثلا أثناء قراءتك بحر يقطع أجزاءً، بقرات ضاحكة، معجزات لأنبياء وقديسين مزيفين، وغيرها من الأعاجيب، إلا أنها، حقيقة، أصابتني بالخيبة الشديدة، فضلا عن الملل والضجر الشديدين. لم؟ لأن ماركيز، وبكل بساطة، ممل، ومبهم، وغامض لأبعد الحدود، أكثر مللا من ساراماجو، وأكثر بطئًا من يوسا، وأكثر اهتماما بالتفا
Update: Rest in peace, dear Márquez. Your books will always live on.

Why do I let Márquez torture me so, with his convoluted sentence structures and brilliant use of the comma, his obvious disdain of the semi-colon and colon, the thoughts that go on and on, so intricate and philosophical these sentences that he has me choosing his words over the weekend movie or tennis game, has me so brainwashed that I'm typing this review and can't seem to stop for something as simple as that small dot known
فهد الفهد
خريف البطريرك

في السابع عشر من أبريل رحل ماركيز، صاحب (مئة عام من العزلة)، ثيربانتس الجديد، الكولومبي الذي حصد نوبل بكتابين أساسيين هما حكاية ماكوندو المذهلة – مئة عام من العزلة – وهذه الرواية التي نشرها قبل نوبل بسبع سنوات.

كنت قد أحببت عوالم ماركيز رغم أنني ولجتها من ترجمة رديئة لمئة عام من العزلة – فلذا أنوي إعادة قراءتها بترجمة صالح علماني خلال هذا العام الماركيزي -، ولكن (الحب في زمن الكوليرا) و(قصة موت معلن) جعلت ماركيز من كتابي المفضلين، وجعلت بقية كتبه على قائمة قراءاتي الفلكية الطول.

Nov 14, 2015 Carmo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Um poema sobre a solidão do poder", assim lhe chamava García Márquez, que levou 17 anos a aprimorar a ideia deste livro, 7 dos quais a escrevê-lo: "escrito como se escrevem os versos, palavra por palavra".
Uma obra que não é de leitura fácil e nos deixa sem fôlego. Narrativa complexa composta por parágrafos excessivamente longos, e com uma pontuação que não aconselha pausas. Brincou com a geografia e o plano temporal, baralha-nos com um monólogo múltiplo, confuso, em que na maior parte do tempo
Nov 13, 2008 Nicholas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maintaining lucidity is a central challenge for both audience and protagonist in the dizzying and illusory narrative of Marquez's Autumn of the Patriarch. While its easy to dwell on the uncompromising style of a novel devoid of paragraphs, punctuation, and quotations delineating dialogue, such blurry tactics seal the bizarre entrancement of a novel concerned with the solitude of a bastard patriarch. Certainly it's no easy pie being tossed randomly into an unspecified Caribbean climate and ...more
Oct 04, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it
This is Garcia Marquez at his most complex and polemical. It is an uncomfortable read, disturbing at times. It is also difficult with very few chapters, no paragraphs and sentences that go on for several pages. Garcia Marquez conducts an extended love affair with the comma; his punctuation mark of choice in this book.
The novel concerns the nameless dictator of a nameless Caribbean nation; principally it is the story of his decline and death with added detail concerning his bloody reign. He has
Nov 24, 2016 Fabian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's hard not to distinguish the writer's infamous tone & subject matter in this sumptuous tale which might be the first time that a character study is so well meshed with the locale of his biography: "The Autumn of the Patriarch" in less than 50 sentences spanning pages & pages and a thick layering of symbols and leit motifs, tells the sad story of a mad tyrant ruler who, despite being bathed in power and glory, is nonetheless a HUMAN: he kills but suffers immensely and if the book were ...more
Jul 08, 2007 Ian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
It took Garcia seven years to write this book. Seven years. I guess that's how long it takes to make sure fifty-page chapters are turned into one paragraph and as few sentences as possible. But the effect is to make the entire book run together and make each story within the story melt into the ones around it. The consequence is ending the reader's sense of chronology, timeline, and even details. We are only left with the horrible man - and leader - that was the patriarch.

And when the story abo
Jul 26, 2008 jess rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: ryan golden
Recommended to jess by: me!
on the whole, the novel is impressive. i can't imagine what it took for him to write this whole thing the way that he did. most of the sentences run for ten pages, moving from one point-of-view to another without warning, from dreams to real-life (maybe?)action. at the beginning of each chapter, we are reminded that the patriarch of the novel's title is dead, but we are quickly taken back to years before his death and pushed through memories of the years leading up to his first fake and then ...more
Sanabel Atya
"خريفُ البطريرك،،رواية
خطب الديكتاتور الموزونة،،قصيدة لمحمود درويش
وكلاهما يخطان السيرة ذاتها!"

للوهلة الأولى،وربما تنتهي من الفصل الأول دون أن تفهم شيئاً،أو بمعنى أدق-مش عارف وين راس الرواية و وين رجليها!-وهذا بسبب كيفية صياغة العبارت،في طريقة فريدة من نوعها.
حقاً،لحتى هذه اللحظة،أقفُ عاجزة أمام عبقرية هذا الرجل -على الأقل- في كيفية صياغة الجمل،صياغة جمل طويلة جداً،بحيث أنه نادراً ما استخدم الفواصل والنقاط! ربما استخدم نقطة واحدة فقط في فصل كامل.
قرأتها بالعربية،،ويقول المُترجم أنه حاول قدر المُستطا
Jun 24, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing
If I was forced to chose a single favourite book, this would be it. I red it when I was 16 for the first time and I can still remember myself thinking "bloody hell, that's it! that's how books are supposed to be written - no rules, no boundaries, no cliches or fake emotions. Just plain, nude feelings and thoughts... so deep, so poisoning and suffocating!". This love of first sight (or, to be more accurate, of first page) totally ruined my literature grades - with notes from the teacher "shorten ...more
Sarah saied
(كانت الأمة علي قدر كاف من الحياة يجعله يحس بتهديد الموت له حتي في عزلة مخدعه. الأمر الذي لم يمنعه من الحكم كما لو كان قدره في عدم الموت أبدا...)

ماركيز من جديد....في واحدة من أبشع رواياته علي الإطلاق!!!
هذا ما توصف به هذه الرواية باختصار..رواية بشعة..مقززة ..صعبة..مجهدة في قراءتها..ومع ذلك لا تستطع صبرا علي ترك قراءتها..ربما رغبة في الخروج من تلك الشعوذة التي يصنعها لنا ماركيز في هذه الرواية...الرواية التي تعيد الي الأذهان رواية خوان رولفو الشهيرة.. (بيدرو بارامو)..الرواية التي يخلق راويها عالم ك
They walk under its shadow. And it feels forever. They breathe their warm heart out under its all-pervasive blanket for so many countless instants (sometimes their entire lives) that the line drawing its glistening touch and blistering wrath becomes blurred.

Ask the earth that curled under its downpour, seek the fauna that lies huddled in apprehensive terror, summon the pebbles that were no match to its stony shower, shuffle the air that still carries its haughty scent in its chest, question the
Marko Đaković
Oct 11, 2016 Marko Đaković rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imao sam utisak da knjiga ima 500 stranica a ne 240. Teska knjiga za citanje ali trud se isplati. Recenice su po nekoliko strana drugacke, dijalog je upisan u recenice i moras da budes koncentrisan sve vreme da bi razumeo kada je san a kada java. Sto se tice radnje, prepoznatljiv je Markez, ako ste procitali i jedno delo znacete. Najupecatljiviji je dolazak placenog ubice pred kraj knjiga i generalovo shvatanje njegovog karaktera, kao i posluzivanje jednog od njegovih generala drugim generalima ...more
Nov 18, 2008 Jessica is currently reading it
If ever a book a stumped my rhythm, this one takes the prize. It is written as one fluid thought, one ranting narrative, sans paragraphs, with sentences that rival even St. Paul's run-ons.

It's racy, delusional, oh so very violent (in language, sex, war, illness, execution, thought, etc.), and even comical at times. Each time I laugh, I feel a tinge of guilt - like the uncontrollable snicker at a disabled person tripping over their untied shoelaces into a puddle of water.

I've decided that it's b
Rosa Ramôa
Aug 02, 2014 Rosa Ramôa rated it really liked it
Sobre um ditador,de 107 a 232 anos,que permanece no poder sem saber quando lá chegou.Foi pai de 5000 filhos.Tem um testículo inchado e orgulha-se das suas proezas sexuais...Tem tanto poder que até as rosas lhe obedecem...
This is the most powerful GGM novel I have read. Written over 7 years from 1968 to 1975 it metaphorically condemns dictatorial powers. Rafeal Trujillo comes to mind, but there were many other (Caribbean and elsewhere) dictators of the time to inspire it and the portrait is valid today.

You read how the dictator treats his double, courts the most beautiful woman in the country, destroys anyone with a hint of knowledge of his ill gotten gains, marries and how his wife and son die and what is done
Hoda Elsayed
عُذرًا ماركيز ..
وصلت لمنتصف الرواية بصعوبة "وعصرت على نفسي لمونة" ولم أستطع إكمالها.. وليس لدى النية.
هى مملة بلا شك، لم تجذب انتباهى ، وقد يكون العيب منى ليس أكثر . :'))

سأكرر محاولتى معك، فى روايات أخرى .. آمله أن تكون أفضل :))
Кремена Михайлова
Трудно ми е да си представя, че човек може да напише това... Мога да го повярвам, само като си спомня, че същият човек е написал „Сто години самота”. Но тук задачата му е била сякаш още по-трудна – в сравнение с роящите се поколения в „Сто години самота”, в „Есента на патриарха” има единствен център – диктаторът (обобщаващ образ на латиноамериканския диктатор – защо не на който и да е диктатор).

Започва засмукващо и човек трябва да е наясно и да реши иска ли да продължи. (view spoiler)
Lamski Kikita
Dec 13, 2008 Lamski Kikita rated it it was amazing
When you start this book you will be taken aback by the intensely strong language (both difficult AND vulgar) and the very very very long sentences which sometimes are as long as the whole chapter. But at the first page you are sure to be mesmerized by the beautiful prose and intense imagery, and the small details that just keep u pinned to your chair tasting fully every word.

The story of your typical Latin tyrant, but with a little twist in detail which makes him more of a criminal, pervert, lo
Ali Heidari
Nov 16, 2015 Ali Heidari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
پاییز پدرسالار » از آثار درخشان ماركز است كه نوشتن آن هفت‌سال طول می‌كشد. اين رمان با ترجمه محمدرضا راهور از سوي انتشارات روزگار روانه بازار كتاب شده است. طرح نگارش رمان « پاییز پدر سالار » زمانی در ذهن ماركز شكل می‌گیرد كه يك دیكتاتور بعد از هشت‌سال حكومت، كشور را ترك می‌كند. زمانی كه هواپیمای "پرث خیمه نث" بر آسمان دیده می‌شود و رادیو فرار دیكتاتور را اعلام می‌كند، مردم شادی را شروع می كنند و به سراغ زندان‌ها می ‌روند تا زندانیان را آزاد كنند. اما ماركز به طرف قصر ریاست ‌جمهوری مي‌رود و با ...more
Aug 31, 2016 فضيض rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
هذه الرواية من الفئة التي تود ألا تنتهي أبدًا وتحاول قراءة الكلمات حرفًا حرفًا خوفًا من الوصول إلى صفحة النهاية،

شعرت بالفراغ الرهيب عقب انتهائي منها

رواية أحضرها ماركيز لنا من الجحيم مباشرة ..


ولنا أذواق ..

أعطيت هذه الرواية مع مجموعة روايات أخرى لأحد أصدقائي، فكانت هذه أول الكتب رجوعًا لي (وآخرها عاد بعد سنة ونصف تقريبًا ^_^ )، وقال أنه لم يستطع تجاوز الفصل الأول!!

لا أعلم، ولكنها مازلت تبهرني حتى الثمالة!!
بثينة العيسى

هذه رواية من العيار الثقيل، وهي لأصحاب النفس الطويل في القراءة، ليس بالضرورة لطول المحتوى، بل لدسامته، وهي تفتح لك عالما من الواقعية السحرية التي دشن ماركيز معالمها ببراعة ..

أنصح بقراءته.
Just for fun let's briefly compare The Autumn of the Patriarch to the book he wrote previously: One Hundred Years of Solitude. After that, there is some suspect advice to the reader in a footnote.

First, the earlier book:

One Hundred Years of Solitude is monumentally life-affirming, using magical, resplendent prose. It's experimental, but only up to a point; the author challenges but never abandons his reader, who is made a willing participant of the magic itself. That engagement simply is its gre
Haneen Alhatlany
رائعة ماركيز هذه
هي عن ديكتاتور أفرط في الديكتاتورية والغرور
كان عمره طويلًا جدًا مما جعله يظن نفسه خالدًا
متوحش ومقزز لدرجة جعلتني أتخيله معمر القذافي
الرواية كلها تحكي عنه، كيف يعيش وكيف ينظر لنفسه والأهم ماهي أفكاره ونظرته الداخلية تجاه نفسه وشعبه وأمه ومخاوفه ورغباته، مما يقرب القارئ لحقيقة هذه الشخصية المقززة والذي يزيده احتقارًا لها
ماركيز هنا أبدع بالوصف الدقيق حتى أنه يجعل القارئ يرى الأحداث بوضوح وهو يقرأ
فكأني كنت في غرفة البطريرك ومجلس اجتماعاته وبين البرصى والمشلولين والعميان
و و و...
Abanoub Ibrahim
this my Gabriel García Márquez best novel of all time
I read this one after the 25th January revolution in Alexandria
how fragile was that dictator in both the novel and reality makes so dump how could we let him treat us like that
how could we let him get so corrupted
you can't imagine the similarity between that dictator and those we had in the arabic world
Mubarak sold Egypt to foreigners
Ben Ali and that other one before him had all the women in Tunisia
And of course Qaddafi and that one I d
Jan 12, 2016 Bruce rated it liked it
The first and third novels in Gabriel García Márquez’s trilogy, One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, are better known and more frequently read than this, the middle volume. It is not hard to understand why. The style itself of this work makes it less accessible, a style that is stream-of-consciousness throughout, often from different characters’ viewpoints within a single massive sentence, and a narrative that really goes almost nowhere, a multi-layered reflection on th ...more
Amir Hossein
Jul 15, 2016 Amir Hossein rated it it was ok
يقينا شاهكار، يه داستان آمريكاى لاتينى واقعى، اما خيلى سخت خوان، به راحتى ميشه كتاب رو بست و كنار گذاشت و يه نظر منفى اساسي هم نسبت به ماركز پيدا كرد اما اندكى صبر جادوى قلم پيرمرد بي اخلاق آمريكاى لاتين خودنمايى مى كنه و تا آخر ميره و ميره و ميره
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Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist. García Márquez, familiarly known as "Gabo" in his native country, was considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century. In 1982, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

He studied at the University of Bogotá and late worked as a reporter for the Colombian ne
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