Cyclical time and instant in One Hundred Years of Solitude


  • Carlos Másmela Arroyave Universidad de Antioquia



cyclical time, untimely time, chronological time, right time, instant, Kairos, proper occasion, opportunity, untimely, wearing-out, fate, failure, continuity and discontinuity


The eonic passing of time draws a destiny marked by the impossibility of adjusting to the chronological sequence of time, and the frustration and the fear of the Buendía lineage reflect their impotence to experiment a decisive and kairological time which deviates from the chronological one. The said destiny is like a Maelström that progressively wears out and deteriorates on its axis until it reaches catastrophe. The blunder of man is evidenced due to the lack of the propitious occasion that would correspond to the case of an opportunity, when Macondo is devastated by the wearing-out of the axis. Its devastation, imperceptible just in the chaotic moment of the instant, enables one, at the same time, to make out the total suppression of man´s power to be.

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Author Biography

Carlos Másmela Arroyave, Universidad de Antioquia

Grupo de investigación: Filosofía Antigua
Instituto de Filosofía
Universidad de Antioquia
Medellín, Colombia


GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ, Gabriel (1969). Cien años de soledad. Buenos Aires, Editorial Suramericana.



How to Cite

Másmela Arroyave, C. (2011). Cyclical time and instant in One Hundred Years of Solitude. Estudios De Filosofía, (44), 193–203.



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