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The Autumn of the Patriarch by Gabriel García Márquez
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Dec 09, 2008

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In a way, the brutal history of dictatorships across Central and South America is explored through fiction in this novel. The protagonist has grandiose dictator elements of Somoza, Pinochet, Trujillo, and paranoid Castro, to an extent, with the description of how power begins and becomes irrelevant. This book is fascinating and bizarre, still maintaining that inimitable humor Marquez is known for. I'm not sure if it succeeds as a novel, but it is interesting to read how a writer struggles with the character of a pathetic leader.

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