Ascent to Glory

How One Hundred Years of Solitude Was Written and Became a Global Classic

Álvaro Santana-Acuña

Columbia University Press

Ascent to Glory

Pub Date: July 2020

ISBN: 9780231184335

360 Pages

Format: Paperback

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Pub Date: July 2020

ISBN: 9780231184328

360 Pages

Format: Hardcover

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Pub Date: July 2020

ISBN: 9780231545433

360 Pages

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Ascent to Glory

How One Hundred Years of Solitude Was Written and Became a Global Classic

Álvaro Santana-Acuña

Columbia University Press

Gabriel García Márquez’s novel One Hundred Years of Solitude seemed destined for obscurity upon its publication in 1967. The little-known author, small publisher, magical style, and setting in a remote Caribbean village were hardly the usual ingredients for success in the literary marketplace. Yet today it ranks among the best-selling books of all time. Translated into dozens of languages, it continues to enter the lives of new readers around the world. How did One Hundred Years of Solitude achieve this unlikely success? And what does its trajectory tell us about how a work of art becomes a classic?

Ascent to Glory is a groundbreaking study of One Hundred Years of Solitude, from the moment García Márquez first had the idea for the novel to its global consecration. Using new documents from the author’s archives, Álvaro Santana-Acuña shows how García Márquez wrote the novel, going beyond the many myths that surround it. He unveils the literary ideas and networks that made possible the book’s creation and initial success. Santana-Acuña then follows this novel’s path in more than seventy countries on five continents and explains how thousands of people and organizations have helped it to become a global classic. Shedding new light on the novel’s imagination, production, and reception, Ascent to Glory is an eye-opening book for cultural sociologists and literary historians as well as for fans of García Márquez and One Hundred Years of Solitude.
Ascent to Glory is an original and important book. It's very well written, theoretically complex, and advances a compelling explanation of the processes through which Cien Años de Soledad achieved the status of a classic. Alvaro Santana Acuña is going to be a well-known and respected scholar in cultural sociology for years to come. Claudio E. Benzecry, author of The Opera Fanatic: Ethnography of an Obsession

About the Author

Álvaro Santana-Acuña is an assistant professor of sociology at Whitman College.