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Wifredo Lam
El Ultimo viaje del buque fantasma, Plate I

1976

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El Ultimo viaje del buque fantasma, Plate I Color lithograph, 1976 Signed and numbered in pencil (see photos) Edition: 99 (6/99) From: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, El Ultimo viaie del buque Fantasma (The Last Voyage of the Ghost Ship (1868), 12 illustration by Wilfredo Lam This one of an edition of 99 from the delixe edition of the book of the same title There was an additional edition of 200 books, signed and numbered on the justification page Publisher: Poligrafa, Barcelona Printer: Poligrafa, Barcelona The Gabriel Garcia Marquez/Lam book is an illustrated version of the short story, a man recalls the night during his boyhood when an enormous passenger ship went aground in his small town on the shores of the Caribbean. It is considered a Latin American masterpiece of surrealism and transculturation. (See below analysis of the story) Reference: Lam-Tonneau-Ryckelnck CR 351 Condition: very good, slight scuffing on reverse from previous hinges About the author and the storyline of the book by Marquez: Gabriel García Márquez was born in 1927, he is a famous Colombian writer, novelist, short story writer, screenwriter and journalist. In 1982 he received the Novel Prize for Literature. He is an author sometimes inherently related to magical realism and his best-known work is the novel One Hundred Years of Solitude in which we find this literary genre. Summary of "The Last Voyage of the Ghost Ship" (1868): The novel by Gabriel García Márquez, The Last Voyage of the Ghost Ship, written in 1968, is written in a single great sentence, which tells the surprising and amazing adventure that has changed the existence of a child living in a coastal town with a small port sunny, almost forgotten by civilization. The days are peaceful, the nights are silent and illuminated only by the rotating beacon that, every fifteen seconds, transforms the town into a lunar camp with phosphorescent houses. During one night in March, the boy saw an immense afterlife ship that sails through the seas with all the dead crew and sometimes appears to the living, silently crossing the deserted sea, a huge and unexpected mass whose trajectory suddenly it seems to drift, and then runs aground on the reefs. This cataclysm is accomplished without disturbing the night's silence, and the next day the boy found no traces of the shipwreck and no one believed it, not even his mother. Time passes, and the same shipwreck occurs again, every year, on the same night in March; the adolescent then swears to prove to the people the existence of the magical and mysterious ship. He steals a boat, a lamp, and, on the scheduled day, goes to meet his vision. He finds again, very close to him, the dark mass of the ship that apart from its usual trajectory, guiding it with his lamp. Thus, save the ocean liner from dangerous reefs. In a resurrection movement, the ghost ship, turning on its lights, lights up entirely. However, its fate seems inevitable: suddenly pilot error or disarray of the compasses, the ship leaves the canal and sinks under the incredulous eyes of a forbidden population. The magical realism within the work: In many works of García Márquez magic realism is found, it is an important theme in his works. They reflect the reality of Colombian life and this theme determines the rational structure of the books. "I do not regret having written them, but they belong to a type of premeditated literature that offers a vision of reality that is too static and exclusive." Garcia Marquez Technically, García Márquez is a realist in presenting the true and the unreal. He creates in his works, a world similar to the everyday and that is at the same time totally different from this. In this story magic realism appears, it arises with the way of turning a fact of fiction into reality. In addition, it presents many unreal things, impossible in everyday life, strange such as the fact that only one person perceives the ship, that this ship has an incredible and impossible size "twenty times higher than the tower and about ninety-seven times longer than the town ”that appears by magic on this day of each March, the inexplicable death of 4 people, the fact that in the ghost ship there is only a sleeping captain and a pilot. Also, an image of atrocity appears, black moments in the story, like the moment in which the child finds his mother dead. The sea appears as a threatening, dangerous force saturated with death. Then, through these various elements used in The Last Voyage of the Ghost Ship, the magical realism that García Márquez usually uses appears. Indeed, it shows the reality of Latin America respecting its history, its legends and its traditions with a particular method, recounting indisputably and totally implausible events with absolute naturalness through the innocent eyes of a child. Narrative transculturation in his story: For Ángel Rama, " García Márquez's literature carries out a process of cultural exchange, called transculturation , between modern narrative techniques and traditional imaginary." Indeed, in Gabriel García Márquez's story, this concept of transculturation appears, that is, according to Ángel Rama, the cultural combination between the original elements of Latin America and European culture in the context of economic modernization and the avant-garde movements and regionalism. . In his story, elements of Latin American culture appear, or more exactly, the mixture of different ethnic groups regrouped in a small space that is the port town of this story when the author describes "the disorder of the blacks' baracas", "the schooners of the smugglers of the Guianas ”,“ the stores of the Hindus ”,“ Dutch blacks ”,“ the Malaysian with cobra skin ”,“ Brazilian fillets on charcoal ”. Here, we realize that, in this port, there are people from almost every continent such as Europe with the Dutch blacks, from Asia with the Malays, from India with the Hindus, and from Latin America with "Brazilians" and Africa with the blacks. This is how the concept of transculturation appears in this story, adding elements from the entire world to a Latin American culture. So, in this story two important concepts of Latin American literature appear, such as magical realism and transculturation. Concepts that Gabriel García Márquez usually uses. Courtesy of suenosdeamericalatina
  • Creator:
    Wifredo Lam (1902-1982, Cuban)
  • Creation Year:
    1976
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 29.875 in (75.89 cm)Width: 22 in (55.88 cm)
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  • Gallery Location:
    Fairlawn, OH
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: FA118091stDibs: LU14011577972
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