In Gabriel García Márquez’s novel Chronicle of a Death Foretold


In Gabriel García Márquez’s novel Chronicle of a Death Foretold, the unnamed narrator sets out in a
pursuit to compile the remaining pieces of truth surrounding the murder of
Santiago Nasar, twenty-seven years after the event. As the narrator recounts a series of facts relating to
Santiago’s death, however, the reader becomes aware of the futility of this effort, as the collection of past
information cannot encompass or recreate the experience itself. Evaluating both the narrator’s desire to revisit
the past and the foretold events leading up to Santiago’s death, the narrative explores the ways in which the past
and the future impose upon present existence and assign meaning to the individual’s experience. In addition, as
the narrator uses the form of a chronicle to organize time into a confined segment, he engages in an historical
inquiry of both the murder of Santiago and the nature of time itself. Through the chronicle’s limited ability to
account for the impositions of past and future, time emerges as an entity that resists and calls into question this
linear segmentation constructed by human beings