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Invitation to World Literature

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One Hundred Years of Solitude (30:00)

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This video introduces the idea of magical realism, of a world where the impossible and the possible are mingled, and people accept the presence of both in their daily lives. How much of the novel is a metaphor for life in Latin America? Decide for yourself as you dive into this novel by the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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Speakers in the video

Sandra Cisneros
Sandra Cisneros
Writer
Author of the acclaimed 1984 novel The House on Mango Street, Ms. Cisneros founded the Macondo Foundation for socially-conscious writers in 1998. She has taught One Hundred Years of Solitude in many settings.
David Damrosch
David Damrosch
Professor of Comparative Literature, Harvard University
Dr. Damrosch is professor of comparative literature at Harvard University and the author of several books, including What Is World Literature?
Adam Felber
Adam Felber
Humorist and Writer
Humorist, comedic writer, and frequent guest on NPR's news quiz show Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!, Mr. Felber is also a writer for the HBO series Real Time with Bill Maher.
Stephen Ferry
Stephen Ferry
Latin America Photojournalist
Mr. Ferry is an American photographer based in Bogotá, Colombia. He is a faculty member at the Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano, an organization dedicated to teaching fundamentals and ethics founded by Gabriel García Márquez.
Juan Carlos Obando
Juan Carlos Obando
Fashion Designer
Mr. Obando is a Colombian-born fashion designer living in Los Angeles. His designs are often inspired by literature and in 2006 he created a line called "The Revenge of Remedios the Beauty," based on the character in One Hundred Years of Solitude.
Daniel Okrent
Daniel Okrent
Writer
Mr. Okrent is a writer, cultural critic, and former public editor at the New York Times; his most recent book is Last Call: Rise and Fall of Prohibition. He has also collaborated with Ken Burns on two documentary series.
Richard Pena
Richard Peña
Program Director, Film Society of Lincoln Center
Mr. Peña is the program director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and has served as the film program director for the New York Film Festival. He has a master's degree in film from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is the former director of the Film Center at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Francine Prose
Francine Prose
Novelist and Professor, Bard College
Dr. Prose has been visiting professor of literature and writer in residence at Bard College and a Guggenheim fellow. She is the former president of the PEN Center.
Patricia Smith
Patricia Smith
Associate Professor of Creative Writing, City University of New York
A poet, spoken-word performer, playwright, author, and writing teacher, Ms. Smith is a four-time national individual poetry slam champion. She was featured in the nationally-released film Slamnation, and appeared on the award-winning HBO series Def Poetry Jam.
Ilan Stavans
Ilan Stavans
Journalist and Professor of Spanish, Amherst College
Dr. Stavans is an essayist, cultural commentator, author and professor of Spanish at Amherst College. He wrote Gabriel García Márquez: The Early Years, the first of a two-part biography.
Erna von der Walde
Erna von der Walde
Professor of Latin American Literature, Javeriana University de Bogotá
Dr. von der Walde teaches Latin American literature, film, and history at Universidad Javeriana de Bogotá in Colombia, and was formerly in the Spanish and Portuguese Language and Literatures Department at New York University. She has written articles about magical realism and Gabriel García Márquez.