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is a hybrid of literary genres, at once a journalistic account of a historical murder that took place in Sucre, Columbia, a psychological detective story, and a work of allegorical fiction. This historical murder provides the provides the main thrust of the story in Chronicle of a Death Foretold; the work is not pure history, however, in that it stages the murder in a narrative fashion and takes several fictional liberties in telling the story. Moreover, Garcia Marquez is less concerned with the recording of facts (the specific historical setting of the novel, for instance, is never mentioned, and the names in the novel have been changed) than he is with an exploration of the murderers' reasons for going through with the murder, as well as the townsfolk's reasons for allowing the murder to happen against their collective conscience. The result is quite unique and striking-a balance of journalism and allegory, of history and morality play.