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The Global South Atlantic$
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Kerry Bystrom and Joseph R. Slaughter

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823277872

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823277872.001.0001

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Orientalism and the Narration of Violence in the Mediterranean Atlantic

Orientalism and the Narration of Violence in the Mediterranean Atlantic

Gabriel García Márquez and Elias Khoury

(p.165) Orientalism and the Narration of Violence in the Mediterranean Atlantic
The Global South Atlantic

Christina E. Civantos

Fordham University Press

This essay analyzes how Gabriel García Márquez’s 1981 novella Crónica de una muerte anunciada (Chronicle of a Death Foretold), which narrates a small town honor-killing involving a Levantine Arab immigrant, resonated with the prominent Lebanese author Elias Khoury (Ilyas Khuri). Khoury’s 1994 novel Majmaʿ al-Asrar (The Collection of Secrets) is at once an homage to García Márquez’s narrative techniques and a corrective commentary on the forms of Orientalism, or discursive violence, that linger in Crónica. In Majma’ al-Asrar, Khoury, while commenting on these Orientalist tensions, also looks beyond them to use Crónica to attempt to understand violence and the narrative act in South Atlantic contexts. This textual encounter demonstrates that contact across the South Atlantic-Southern Mediterranean corridor must attend to the vestiges of imperialist and neo-colonial dynamics in order to avoid the reproduction of various forms of violence.

Keywords:   Arab migration, Colombia, Crónica de una muerte anunciada, Gabriel García Márquez, Lebanon, Majmaʿ al-Asrar, Elias Khoury, narrative, Orientalism, violence

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