In Evil Hour

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In Evil Hour
First edition (Spanish)
AuthorGabriel García Márquez
Original titleLa mala hora
TranslatorGregory Rabassa
PublisherPremio Literario Esso (Spain)
Harper & Row (US)
Publication date
Published in English
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)
863 19
LC ClassPQ8180.17.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.


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.


External links[edit]

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