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In Evil Hour

3.39  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,244 Ratings  ·  271 Reviews
Written just before One Hundred Years of Solitude, this fascinating novel of a Colombian river town possessed by evil points to the author's later flowering and greatness.

Author Biography:

Gabriel García Márquez was born in 1928 in the town of Aracatca, Columbia. Latin America's preeminent man of letters, he is considered by many to be one of the greatest writers of the tw

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Mass Market Paperback, 183 pages
Published October 1st 1979 by Avon Books (first published 1961)
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Barry Pierce
This is considered to be García Márquez's first novel (if you discount Leaf Storm and No One Writes to the Colonel as just long short stories). My overall problem with this book is that García Márquez has written an entirely conventional novel.

As we know, Gabo and conventionality don't go together. He's the master of magical realism and in In Evil Hour he's written an unusually average and middling novel. It doesn't work. It's like as if Nabokov, after writing Pale Fire, had gone on and written
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فضيض
ما الذي غاب عنّي بالتحديد في هذه الرواية!، لا أدري!؛ أنهيتها وأغلقتها ورفعتها أمام عيني وقلت لها مخاطبًا الغلاف: ماذا ورائك؟!، قضيت هذا الوقت كله في قراءتك ثم ماذا؟

وقلت ربما تجلو المقدمة التي تجاهلتها، عبرة هذه الرواية، فتحتها عشوائيًا، ووجدت المترجم يقول:


ولكن العزلة في عالم ماركيز تتجاوز كونها حالة، إنها تضرب جذورها، تتعمق، تتكاثف، تتبلور، تصبح في النهاية طريقة حياة، تغدو منهاج استجابة في مواجهة الدوافع السياسية والاقتصادية الخارجية، تتنتقل من كونها لعنة – كما يعبّر سيجر- إلى انكفاء سلوكي ..
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Mahdi
داستان، داستان نبود. وقايع زيادى پراكنده بود و تقريباً بيست صفحه ى آخر تازه اتفاقات اصلى شروع شد و كمابيش بى نتيجه تموم شد. مضمون رو (حكومت ديكتاتورى و سركوبى مخالفان و مخصوصاً "شب نامه") بارها خود ماركز بهش پرداخته و اين داستان در مقايسه با داستان هاى ديگه برترى خاصى نداشت.
FeReSHte
Jan 19, 2015 FeReSHte rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spanish

انگار کتاب، مجموعه ای بود از ایده ها، اتفاقات و شخصیت های ناکامل...انگار که هنوز جای کار داشت و نباید تموم میشد

فضای مخوف دهکده خیلی خوب توصیف شده. مقامات حکومت اصرار دارند که وضع فرق کرده و در مملکت دموکراسی برقرار شده ولی مردم مطمئنند که وضع مثل گذشتس.حتب با بازگشت اختناق و حکومت نظامی (برای دستگیری عاملان هجونامه ها) مردم به جای ترسیدن خوشحالند که از درست در امدن تحلیل و پیش بینی هاشون حس پیروزی در مقابل حکومت دارند.

مقامات شهر که سعی در داشتن ظاهری ابرومند دارند در نهایت مجبور میشوند برای برای
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TK421
Mar 09, 2011 TK421 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
The setting for this magical realism novel is a nameless village in Colombia. But Marquez’s writing really makes it a village in any country of the world. (I read this just after 9/11 and the parallels of the actions between the mayor of this unnamed village and the government of the United States was eerie, to say the least.) Ya see, someone is leaving notes all over the town about the dirty little secrets of some of the villagers. For the most, people shrug this off as nothing more than a very ...more
Ali AlShewail
كذا هو دوما حكم الحديد و النار

الرواية من حيث :
-المضمون : سياسية جيدة ، و يكفيك صورة الغلاف لتفهم مقصود الإسقاطات التي تتضمنها الرواية
-التشويق : مملة
-الأحداث : بطيئة مع انتقال مفاجئ من حدث لآخر يسبب ارتباك في المعنى
-الترجمة : سيئة سيئة سيئة
-النهاية : مبهمة و غامضة

عموما هى رواية غريبة ، صغيرة الحجم ، لكن لها الطابع المميز لقلم ماريكز و الجو الخاص بروحه الروائية .
Miss Ravi
Sep 15, 2015 Miss Ravi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: رمان
المانهایی وجود داشت که به داستان حالت نمادین و یا بهتره بگم استعاری میداد. مثلا موشهاو یا اینکه شیرازه کتاب کشیش از هم باز شده بود، بو تعفن و این چیزها. ولی کشش بسیار کمی وجود داشت و شخصیتپردازی مختصری. ...more
Carmo Santos
Aug 03, 2014 Carmo Santos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: colombia, nobel
Quanto mais leio García Márquez melhor vou conhecendo este universo que é comum a todos os seus livros. Os pequenos povoados perdidos no meio do nada, onde pouco mais há que miséria, com as suas populações de mentalidades retrógradas a instigarem intrigas, as guerrilhas e a opressão politica.

Nesta história, anda uma aldeia inteira com os nervos desarranjados com receio dos misteriosos papelinhos colados nas portas durante a madrugada. Ora, estes não contam mais que os segredos murmurados em surd
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Vishwas
Jul 18, 2009 Vishwas rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disappointments
I am glad that this was not the first Garcia Marquez book I read. It was the first book he wrote though. And it shows... All great artists have to start somewhere.

This book is more about the raw talent in the author which was refined in his seminal "One Hundred Years..." probably after the many mistakes he has made here. The characters are all interesting and have two sides to them. No one here is entirely good or entirely evil. Similarly, the little town is an allegory to military rule, lazy an
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Guido
Jul 10, 2014 Guido rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: america-del-sud
Gabriel García Márquez confina il lettore in un remoto paese colombiano senza nome: questa condanna, inclemente e ineludibile, impedisce di ripartire. Le giornate trascorrono lentissime e inconcludenti; ci si avvelena con l'afa, l'umidità, la pioggia incessante, le zanzare, il tanfo degli animali morti portati dal fiume. L'apparente calma iniziale è subito sconvolta dal primo omicidio e soprattutto dall'inconsueto movente: qualcuno ha affisso alla porta di casa di César Montero un manifesto ingi ...more
أحمد جابر

سوف أجنّ بسبب جابرييل، لا يعجبني ما يكتبه، قرأت له سيرته الذاتية وذاكرة غانياتي الحزينات وإيرنديرا البريئة وقصة موت معلن وهي الوحيدة التي أعجبتني، والآن في ساعة نحس، لم تعجبني أيضاً، آمل عندما أقرأ مئة عام من العزلة أن تكون جيدة.

هنا في ساعة نحس، لا توجد ساعة نحس، ولا أدري ما العلاقة بين العنوان والرواية، قرية أوتوماتيكية بأفعالها، سلطة العمدة، وشخصيات أخرى حسب مواقعها، الأب أنجيل والحلاق وغيرهم. تستيقظ القرية على جرية قتل، سيزار يقتل باستور، لأنه قرأ في نشرات الفضائح أن باستور على علاقة مع زوجته
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Fernando Évora
Sou um viciado em GGM. Por uma questão de sanidade mental preciso de o ler de vez em quando. Já li quase tudo, pelo que faço muitas releituras. Desta vez descobri, por acaso, este livrinho na versão espanhola, o que me deixou muito feliz pois desconhecia-o de todo. Ao que consegui apurar, trata-se da terceira novela do autor (1962). Sendo anterior ao "Cem anos de solidão" (1967) já aqui existem referências a Macondo (ao contrário do que apontam certas sinopses deste "La mala hora", o cenário não ...more
Rashaan
Nov 07, 2010 Rashaan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Who's been posting slanderous bills across a small town?

Pitched into the midst of a familiar Marquezian village, we shadow each restless character through a loosely mysterious maze of whodunnit, as someone has been viciously lampooning the townspeople, publicly outing the dirty deeds and secret desires of the locals, and everyone is on edge to find the culprit.

Father Ángel, the pastor, anchors the town and keeps the listless souls from floating away in the troubled waters of their own self-pit
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Elizabetha
"Nota de la primera edición

La primera vez que se publicó La Mala Hora, en 1962,un corrector de pruebas se permitió cambiar ciertos términos y almidonar el estilo, en nombre de la pureza del lenguaje.En esta ocasión, a su vez, el autor se ha permitido restituir las incorrecciones sintomática,y las barbaridades estilísticas, e nombre de su soberana y arbitraria voluntad.Esta es, pues, la primera edición de la Mala Hora

El Autor"


Los Libros de Gabo, son para mi Libertad total hecha palabras.

Tení
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Kelly
Aug 04, 2013 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me first say that I do recommend reading this book at least once and with a clear idea of what you'll be getting into. I think the biggest flaws of this book lie within a loss in translation. I read the English translation and there are aspects of this book that I really enjoyed such as the setting and the characters. Enough so that I look forward to reading his other books. My only complaint about this book is I feel as though I just read something incomplete. Like a draft of unfinished ide ...more
Phoebe
Sep 10, 2008 Phoebe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading other reviews, I breathed a sigh of relief...I am not alone in my feelings about In Evil Hour.

I was wondering the choppy, jumbled impression i got from the novel was just because I was reading it at odd intervals over an extended period of time, rather than zipping through it. However, it seems that other people had the same feeling about it. It wasn't "bad" by any means - there were still things to enjoy about the book, but I guess when it comes to Marquez I really am more of a su
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Mahsa.Rmt
Feb 23, 2016 Mahsa.Rmt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
کتاب ساعت شوم حکایت از سلطه ی یک فرد بر گروه زیادی از مردم است.اینکه چگونه کسی با سواستفاده از قدرت ،خود را صاحب سرنوشت دیگران می داند و از بین رفتن جان انسانهای بی گناه برایش امری عادی جلوه می کند، در تمام دنیا و در همه زمان ها مشاهده شده و مختص به ایالت خاصی نیست.
کشیش و شهردار هر کدام به نوبه ی خود سعی بربهبود وضع جامعه دارند:یکی از راه هدایت و دیگری از راه زور و شکنجه...
توصیف دقیق و توجه به جزییات،قلم روان و شیوا که در همه آثار مارکز به طور محسوسی نمایان است در این کتاب نیز به زیبایی به تصویر
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Ricardo
Jun 04, 2014 Ricardo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un pueblo que podría ser vecino de Macondo, envuelto entre tres demomios naturales: La lluvia, el calor y la noche. Además, acosado por uno de los males más antiguos: el chisme. Los personajes van y vienen a todo lo largo del pueblo, que más bien se antoja corto, cavilantes e intrigados sobre el origen de pasquines que revelan verdades a medias, mentiras al aire y dolores innecesarios. La pasión se calienta aún más allá de lo que el tropical clima pueda sofocar y la comunidad se revuelca entre r ...more
Jason
Jan 09, 2012 Jason rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
Nothing special here. Or at least I totally missed it and/or didn't understand it. I LOVED One Hundred Years of Solitude, but this just fell flat for me. I didn't really come to care much about any of the characters. Marquez's language and Rabasa's translation is as beautiful as ever, and that's what kept me reading. There really wasn't much of a plot at all (and there definitely wasn't any resolution!), and the narrator kept jumping around to too many characters for me to follow. I'll be saying ...more
tyranus
Aug 18, 2015 tyranus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Marquezin kitaplarını yazıldığı tarihe göre okumakta fayda var. "Hanım Ananın Cenaze Töreni" adlı kitabındaki köyde, yine aynı karakterlerin etrafında geçiyor hikaye. Dişi ağrıyan belediye başkanı, bilardo salonu sahibi Don Roque, dr Octavio Giraldo, kilisede çalışan Trinidad, peder Angel, dul bayan Montiel vs.
Kitaplarda anlatılan hikayelerdeki kahramanlar birbirinin aynısı ya da devamı gibi. Kanlı baskınlar-darbeler sonucunda iktidara gelen baskıcı dikta hükümetlerin yönetimi altındaki yoksul-
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Larou
After reading Liam Howley’s The Absurd Demise of Poulnabrone I felt the sudden (if not completely inexplicable) urge to read a novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, an author I’ve been wanting to read more of for quite some time, and as I’m a sucker for chronology, I grabbed his first published novel, In Evil Hour (only to find out later that he had published two novellas before that… ah well).

It is a very short novel but has a felt two dozen protagonists, so it is not always easy to keep everyone
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عــــادي

بالكاد إستطعت إكمالها ، كمية ملل لا يمكن تجاوزه وبدى لي حتى الكاتب كان يعيش حالة ملل أثناء كتابته في طقس حار جدا ، والغريب أن تجد مشاهد تتكرر في روايات ماركيز ( حر لا يطاق ، قرى مضطربة ، طيور تموت من الحر ، وعمدة بنفس المواصفات مع ألام في ضرسه ) كل هذه المشاهد وغيرها تكررت في روايات ماركيز حتى يتهيىء لك انه لا يتحدث الا عن مجتمعه وأجواءه

قرأتها بترجمة دار العودة / بيروت
Odai Alsaeed
بغض النظر عن الحس الروائي لماركيز وكونه حاصل على جائزة نوبل لروايته الشهيرة الرائعة مائة عام من العزلة لكنه كان رتيبا في روايته هذه لدرجة أشعرتني بالملل في بعض جوانب الرواية..عموما مهما كان الرأي تبقى الروايةلكاتب عملاق تستحق القراءة.
Cody
Jan 12, 2016 Cody rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: latin-america
Very fun little parable about the perils and powers of suggestion as well as the corruptive nature of authority and status. I see that some reviewers lamented the fact that In Evil Hour lacks any 'magical-realism' aspects. While this is certainly true, it does not detract from the fact the Garcia-Marquez tells a tightly-paced story whose subtext is elusive and nuanced. If someone must grow wings, it may not be your bag. If you appreciate the man's inimitable prose--which is accounted for in abun ...more
Jacqueline Escobar
Finding books with such beautiful writing makes me want to cry tears of joy, and this is definitely one of those books. The detail that Gabriel Garcia Marquez puts into his writing paints such a vibrant picture. He even makes the way his characters eat sound like a work of art. I LOVE IT. The writing flows so well, the choices of words he uses can change a sentence into something spectacular. His writing breathes life into this book and it's wonderful to witness.

Other than the writing, it was l
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L.S.
Mar 24, 2009 L.S. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
Mi-a placut inceputul si sfarsitul, in rest nu am gasit ceva extraordinar. Povestirea vizeaza un sat aparent linistit, care incepe sa fie tulburat de aparitia unor biletele cu informatii compromitatoare despre cei din sat, lucru care duce la producerea a doua crime. Este situatia dezintegrarii societatii, in care oamenii nu mai au incredere unii in altii si in institutiile statului si incep sa-si paraseasca satul. Reprezentantii puterii (primarul) si cei instariti gasesc un prilej pun de a-si sp ...more
Khloud mahmoud
قدم الكاتب الكبير جبرييل جارسيا ماركيز هذه الرواية في صورة بانورامية جمعت أبناء بلدة بأسرها تتصارع بينهم غرائب الأحداث والوقائع الدرامية وتتفاعل في نفوسهم عوامل الفساد والجريمة والتبذل والأحقاد والتخفي ، وكل ذلك تحت كابوس لعنة ليلية مروعة تقض المضاجع وتهتك أسرار البيوت ، حتى تبلغ ذروتها في كارثة لا نجاة منها إلا فيما يراه المؤلف لبلوغ بر الأمان ، بل إن شخصيات الرواية أشد غرابة من الأحداث نفسها : العمدة الشيطاني رمز الفساد والإفساد - الحلاق الفيلسوف الذي ينتزع الأسرار من الرءوس - القاضي المزدوج ا ...more
Simay Yildiz
Oct 17, 2014 Simay Yildiz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canlabirsene
Bu yazının orijinali CAN'la Bir Sene'de yayınlandı.

Ah be ah! Uzun zamandır kitap okurken böyle ağlamamıştım. Yok, kitapta ağlatacak bir şey yok aslında. Beni çok ağlatan, Marquez'i, en en en en en sevdiğim yazarı yeni kaybetmiş olmamıza ek olarak Şer Saati'nin bana Marquez'e aşık olmamı sağlayan Kırmızı Pazartesi kitabını hatırlatmasıydı... Ah be ah! Belirsizlikleri, isimsiz yerleri bile sanki hepsinin önemli bir parçasıymışsınız gibi içinize işleyen bir adam bu!

Yine kimisine tuhaf gelecek karak
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Dr.Abdulkarem
رواية ل/جابريل ماركيز؟؟ لكن.. عندما انتهيت منها.. ظلت بعض الأفكار؛ غير متصلة... تحتاج إلى تتمة...
الترجمة؛ نوعاً ما سيئة.. وينقصها؛ التقسيم؛ ضمن الفصول نفسها...
لكن ماهي ساعة النحس... ما عدت أدري... الرواية تتحدث؛ عن سنوات، وأيام... فأين هي الساعة؟
Lily
Even though I usually enjoy Gabriel Garcia Marquez books, I think I'm a bit disappointed with this one. It was beautifully written as the other GGM books but I was let down by the end. Still, it was short and sweet. It may not be my favorite but it was enjoyable.
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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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