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the autumn of the patriarch

The Autumn of the Patriarch is a novel written by Gabriel García Márquez in 1975. A "poem on the solitude of power" according to the author, the novel is a flowing tract on the life of an eternal dictator. The book is divided into six sections, each retelling the same story of the infinite power held by the archetypical Caribbean tyrant.

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Marquez based the fictional dictator on many real-world figures, including Colombian dictator Gustavo Rojas Pinilla and Spain’s Generalissimo Francisco Franco, who was in power until right before the novel’s publication. Exploring themes of pride, authority, paranoia, and the way poverty and hopelessness lead to the rise of dictators, The Autumn of the Patriarch was wildly popular upon its release and is considered one of the best modern works on oppressive governments and the way they hold power.

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