always been part of the Buendia family. This child, into its very conceptual and emotional core, i.e. solve the grotesquely devoured by ants soon after its birth, signals puzzle himself in light of the analysis we have outlined, the end of the Buendias as actual human beings. It is exposing the only premises which highlights the problem only upon seeing him that Aureliano is suddenly able to in all its coherence, and thus giving free rein to his decipher the writings of the gypsy Melquiades and in so creativity, breaking the strangle-hold of bourgeois doing the world is physically destroyed; the suicidal ideology. process of its negation tully completed. Anything Marquez writes after Cien Anos which continues to circumnavigate the core of his personal Marquez' Prospects ideological block will be unavoidably inferior to Cien Anos. This cannot but be the case. A constant reitiration Cien Anos de Soledad is obviously the product of a of what has already been amply laid out in CienAnos will profound sounding of the author's own mind. It is this at best only result in progressively weaker, more watered labor of delving into his own past life and unconscious down less powerful repetitions of the same conceptual processes which has given the novel its enormous depth material. and complexity while still maintaining an uncommon If Marquez wishes to maintain any artistic and coherence, personal integrity this book has left him with only two This self-examination has thrown up an overabundant choices: jump across the walls of ideology and thereby wealth of material, more than sufficient data to clarif) liberate the enormous potential of his creative powers, or and properly set up the pieces of the puzzle concerning he can stop writing altogether, knowing that he has at Marquez -- the core problem of human existence itself, least achieved a measure of psychological accuracy and Therefore Marquez now has nowhere to go as an artistic effectiveness not attained by even his more author until he solves this problem. There is no possible "political" Latin American contemporaries. way he can "keep approaching it." With Cien Anos he The problem, of course, with the latter choice is that it has come as close to it as he can without actually leaping is tantamount to suicide. FOOTNOTES v 1. Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity. 2. Ibid. I ' "Without an intellectual revolution which initiates an effective general change in apparent 'human nature' under capitalism, it _simprobable that a Socialist transformation could occur in the advanced capitalist sector during the period ahead." L. Marcus 65 National Chairman, NCLC THE JOURNAL OF REVOLUTIONARY IDEAS Subscription rates: 1 year (11 issues) -- U.S.A. $8.00; Europe (airmail) $14.00. -' Make checks payable to NCLC, Box 1972, G.P.O., New York, N.Y. 10001 Return mailing label for subscription renewal.