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No One Writes to the Colonel
The novel, first published in 1961, is the story of a poor, retired colonel (whose name is unknown) – a veteran of a forgotten war, he still hopes to receive the pension for which he has been waiting for years.
Every day he goes to the post office asking for his pension and each day he becomes more depressed.
After weeks of suffering and misery, the colonel runs out of food, and the novel ends when his wife asks:
- "So, what are we going to eat now?"
This novel is quite different from other García Márquez works, in that it doesn't fall within the magic realism genre (there are no magical events or characters).
In his memoir Vivir para contarla (2002) (English translation:Living to Tell the Tale ), García Márquez explained that the novel was inspired by his grandfather, who was also a colonel and who never received the pension he was promised.
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