Manusya, Journal of Humanities

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This essay aims to explore how the interconnected issues of nationhood and national identity are treated in Garbriel Garcia Marquez's novel Cien años desoledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude). Through a discussion of the two basic yet complex themes of reality and history set against the exclusive backdrop of Colombian history, it is also intended to show how the author reinscribes the myth of nationhood by decentering what Jean-Francois Lyotard terms the metanarratives of the West, while simultaneously demystifying the monolithic concept of national identity in this work.

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