"Chronicle of a Death Foretold" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

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Chronicle of a Death Foretold is an account of the killing of Santiago Nasar. Told 27 years after the crime by an unnamed narrator (arguably García Márquez himself) who returns to the village where he once lived to put back together "the broken mirror of memory," the story is constructed from the fragmented and often conflicting versions of events as they are remembered by the townspeople and by the narrator himself. Santiago lived with his mother, Placida Linero; their cook, Victoria Guzman; and her daughter, Divina Flor. Santiago's father, Ibrahim Nasar, has died three years previously. After his father died, Santiago took over the family ranch, which has been very successful; the Nasars are wealthy in their community. He was stabbed to death by twin brothers Pedro and Pablo Vicario for a perceived offense against the honor of their family. The day before, their sister Angela had been married to Bayardo San Román, a wealthy but enigmatic young man.

She returned to her family during the night when her new husband discovered that she was not a virgin. This was a very unaccepted thing.

García Márquez occupies most of this novel with detailing the actions of the Vicario brothers and Nasar in the hours leading up to Nasar's death. The novel is not really about either the killers or the victim; however, it's about the people of their small Caribbean village.

As we quickly learn, the Vicario brothers felt honor-bound to try to kill Nasar, but they would have been perfectly satisfied not to succeed. They told everyone who would listen of their intentions - thus making Nasar's a "death foretold" - and it is apparent that they were hoping someone would stop them. No one did. The mayor of the town came the closest, taking their knives away. When...