In Evil Hour

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In Evil Hour
InEvilHour.jpg
First edition (Spanish)
Author Gabriel García Márquez
Original title La mala hora
Translator Gregory Rabassa
Country Colombia
Language Spanish
Publisher Premio Literario Esso (Spain)
Harper & Row (US)
Publication date
1962
Published in English
1979
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 183
ISBN 978-0-06-011414-5
OCLC 5633093
863 19
LC Class PQ8180.17.A73 M313 1979

In Evil Hour (Spanish: La mala hora) is a novel by Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez, first published (in an edition disowned by the author [1]) in 1962.

Written while García Márquez lived in Paris, the story was originally entitled Este pueblo de mierda (This Town of Shit or This Shitty Town). Rewritten, it won a literary prize in Colombia.

Some of the same characters and situations found in La mala hora later re-appear in Cien años de soledad.

Plot[edit]

In Evil Hour takes place in a nameless Colombian village. Someone has been placing satirical pasquinades about the town, outlining the locals' shameful secrets. Some dismiss these as common gossip. However, when a man kills his wife's supposed lover after reading of her infidelity, the mayor decides that action is called for. He declares martial law and sends soldiers (who are actually armed thugs) to patrol the streets. He also uses the 'state of unrest' as an excuse to crack down on his political enemies.

References[edit]

  • Dabove, Juan Pablo. “Los pasquines como alegoría de la disolución de la ciudadanía en La mala hora, de Gabriel García Márquez”. Revista de crítica literaria latinoamericana [2] XXVI.52: 269-287.
  • Lydia Hazera, "Estructura y tematica de La mala hora de Gabriel Garcia Marquez." Thesaurus: Boletin del Instituto Caro y Cuervo 28 (1973): 471-81.
  • Robert Kirsner, "Four Colombian Novels of 'La Violencia.'" Hispania 49.1 (March 1966): 70-74. [3]

External links[edit]

  • In Evil Hour at "The Modern Word"'s García Márquez website.