|Javier Bardem played Florentino Ariza in the 1997 movie version of Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.|
Love in the Time of Cholera (1985)
by Gabriela Garcia Marquez
Those looking for another classic falling under the description of "magical realism" are sure to be disappointed with Love in the Time of Cholera, one of Garcia-Marquez's post Nobel Prize for Literature winning efforts. What it must be like to win the Nobel Prize in the middle of one's literary career. Of course, the Nobel Prize for Literature can't be awarded posthumously, so every recipient is living and in some way benefits from the win, but Marquez really sealed his reputation as an international author of the first rank
More-or-less explictly set in his native Columbia, Love in the Time of Cholera is a more personal work than One Hundred Years of Solitude. One Hundred Years of Solitude maintains a quasi-mythic tone (one which became synonymous with magical realism) which is largely absent from Cholera. Although Cholera is set almost entirely in the 20th century, the major characters have attitudes which seem drawn from the prior centuries of literature, specifcally the 18th century idea of "sensibility" and 19th century ideas about romanticism. Florentino Ariza, Marquez's hear sick protagonist, is both hero and villain, not in the sense of an "anti-hero" but in the sense of someone who does good and bad.
Cholera is very much about romantic love, and concerns itself largely of the impact of romantic love unrequited.