This book shows how the most important Latin American novelist used the literary conventions of parody and irony to create humorous effects in his work. While writers such as Cervantes or Moliere could have written their works with humorous intentions, critics have a tendency to offer complex interpretations of their work that negate some of the fun they have. Nevertheless, there has been a trend in the last few years that authors previously considered pessimistic and tragic have been reimagined as comic writers. Marquez falls into this category, which depicts a difficult Latin American reality with humor and irony. He does this because he cannot fathom the continents actual historical events being portrayed using a realistic approach. As they say, fiction is far more interesting than reality. Because of this he employs hyperbole, employed through his famous technique of "magical realism", which uses humor to create a release, or catharsis in the readers.
1. Foreword by Cristina de la Torre Abril; 2. En torno al humor; 3. El chiste en Cien anos de soledad; 4. El realismo magico, lo real maravilloso y lo fantastico; 5. Macondo, un mundo hiperbolico; 6. El rito del carnaval; 7. La parodia y la intertextualidad.