Fiction as History: The bananeras and Gabriel García
This article, inspired by a TV interview with the Nobel Prize-winner
Gabriel García Márquez, revises the ways that the fiction
Solitude has been accepted as history. In particular, it raises some
how literary critics and historians have accepted as history
rendition of the events during the strike that took place in Colombia in
examines the repressive nature of the Colombian regime and of the strike
also examines the idea that following the strike there was a sort of ‘conspiracy
of silence’ to erase the truth from the nation's history.
1 An original version of this article was first presented
in Canning House in February 1997, and at St Antony's College, Oxford,
in May 1997,
where I received very useful and encouraging comments. I wish to thank
anonymous JLAS referees for their constructive criticism and suggestions.
Rodríguez, at the Banco de la República in Bogotá,
Malcolm Deas, at Oxford, and
Ramón Illán Bacca, at the Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla,
provided me with
helpful material. They of course do not bear any responsibility for the
in this article.