Monday, October 17, 2022

The liberals, the conservatives, and electoral fraud in Gabriel García Márquez's "Cien años de soledad"

Before an election in Gabriel García Márquez's "Cien años de soledad" (1967), Aureliano Buendía's father-in-law Apolinar Moscote explains the difference between liberals and conservatives to him: Among other things, the liberals want to hang the priests and give equal rights to illegitimate sons, while the conservatives "receive power directly from God". After the vote, Moscote seals the urn, but that night he opens it to take out all but ten of the pink ballots for the liberals and reseal it, leaving all the blue ballots for the conservatives inside. The party that sees its power as God-given engages in electoral fraud to maintain its power over the party of equal rights. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 17 October 2022)


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