''Chronicle of a Death Foretold'' is a 1981 novella written by Colombian author Creator/GabrielGarciaMarquez (of ''Literature/OneHundredYearsOfSolitude'' fame) that tells the story of a man named Santiago Nasar who was brutally murdered by twin brothers named Pablo and Pedro Vicario the day after their sister Angela's wedding. The narrator tries to find out the reason behind the murder and the sequence of actions that lead to it.

Since the death itself is [[ForegoneConclusion hinted in the title]], there '''will''' be spoilers ahead.

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!!!This work shows examples of the following tropes:

* ARealManIsAKiller: This is what the whole town supposedly thinks; the twins '''must''' kill Santiago to regain their honor. Prudencia, Pablo’s fiancée, even admits she wouldn’t have married him if he wouldn’t have killed Santiago.
* {{Absurdly Sharp Blade}}s
* ArrangedMarriage: Bayardo San Roman’s wedding with Angela Vicario was arranged by her family. Her opinion has no relevance here.
* AssholeVictim: Santiago Nasar.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: This is the argument the townspeople use to shake their guilt because of Santiago’s death off. The fact that a lot of {{Contrived Coincidence}}s (acknowledged by the townspeople) allowed it to happen serves them as a good excuse.
* CaptainObvious: Santiago’s last words: “They’ve killed me, Wene child.” Consider that, at that point, his guts were [[{{Squick}} hanging off his stomach]].
* TheCasanova: Bayardo San Roman is a charming man who came to town seemingly with the sole purpose of finding a bride. Not much else is known about him.
* TheCassandra: Clotilde.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Many of the events that ultimately led to Santiago's death are these.
* ConvictedByPublicOpinion: Most of the town considered Santiago guilty (even though they had no proof) and Bayardo the only victim.
* TheDitz: The twins, and part of the reason almost nobody believes they'll end up killing Santiago.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: The book starts with Santiago's ominous dream the morning before his murder. Through his mother who had an uncanny ability to interpret omens from dreams, he unsuccessfully tries to learn what it meant.
* DoubleStandard: Angela losing her virginity before the wedding is reproachable, but the men going constantly to a brothel is completely acceptable.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Angela’s happy ending with Bayardo.
* EvilDetectingDog: After Santiago’s murder, the dogs start howling uncontrollably.
* ForegoneConclusion: Please see [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the title]]. Also, the first line of the book tells us clearly that Santiago Nasar is going to be murdered.
* {{Gorn}}: Santiago’s murder and autopsy.
* GossipEvolution: The tale has been debated by the townspeople for so long that, when the narrator tries to put the pieces back together, realizes that the people cannot agree what the weather was like, let alone the exact details of the murder.
* GossipyHens: Men ''and'' women; this is how eventually the entire town (bar Santiago) knows what’s gonna happen.
* HighPressureBlood: One of Santiago's stabs results in this.
* HonorBeforeReason: The Vicario twins’ motive.
* HonorRelatedAbuse: Angela Vicario's new husband rejects her and returns her to her mother upon finding that she isn't a virgin. Upon learning this, her mother flies into a rage and beats her.
* INeverGotAnyLetters: Though that doesn’t stop Angela to keep writing to Bayardo.
* IneffectualDeathThreats: Subverted. The twins tell everyone about their plan, but almost everyone thinks they’re just bluffing and don’t do anything to stop them (or can’t do it, the few who took them seriously). At the end, they seem to be almost forced to do it.
* TheInsomniac: Pedro Vicario suffers from this for eleven months after the murder.
* JigsawPuzzlePlot
* KarmaHoudini: The twins are let off after three years. Pedro leaves for the armed forces and his fate isn't certain, but Pablo goes on with his life as a husband.
* KnifeNut: The twins.
* LampshadeHanging: The judge in charge of investigating the murder apparently "never thought it legitimate that life should make use of so many coincidences forbidden in literature."
** Similarly, the narrator compares Angela Vicario's happy advent with bad literature.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* MagicRealism: The book has less and more subtle use of it than in other novels (like ''Literature/OneHundredYearsOfSolitude''), but still it appear here and there, like for example the fact that the twins smell of Santiago during days after killing him.
* MeaningfulName: Placida. There are also, a lot of people with purity-based titles, like Purisima, Divina, Cristo, Indalecio and Prudencia, playing with the theme that the entire town is guilty at some point.
* MyGirlIsNotASlut: Angela Vicario turns out to not be a virgin after she marries Bayardo San Roman. Drama ensues: they divorce, her mother abuses her, and the twins set out to kill whoever took it.
* MyGodYouAreSerious: A lot of the townspeople don’t believe the twins at first, thinking it might be just drunkards’ boast, until later when they realize they’re serious.
* MythologyGag: Bayardo’s father, Petronio, met [[Literature/OneHundredYearsOfSolitude Colonel Aureliano Buendia]]. Also, the narrator's family are related with Gerineldo Marquez, who appeared in the same novel than Colonel Buendia.
* NeverBringAKnifeToAFistFight: Subverted; Santiago ends up fighting the twins only with GoodOldFisticuffs, while they have {{Absurdly Sharp Blade}}s. [[ForegoneConclusion Guess who loses]].
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: A lot of people end contributing the murder. The most notable, however, is Santiago’s mother, Placida, who, thinking Santiago had already taken refuge in the house, blocked the main door to stop the twins from entering. Unfortunately for her, Santiago not only was still outside, but he also was just a few steps from the main door.
* NoDeadBodyPoops: Averted.
* NoNameGiven: The Narrator, even though he’s a main character.
** However, by the end it can be deduced that the narrator is Marquez himself - he mentions that "his aunt, Wenefrida Marquez" saw Santiago moments before his death.
* OddNameOut: Angela is the only member of the Vicario family whose given name doesn't start with a P.
* OhAndXDies: The very first sentence of the novel is this.
* ParentalAbandonment: Santiago's father died at an early age.
* PoliceAreUseless: Lázaro Aponte (mayor and retired colonel) acts as one when he takes away the twins' knives and simply orders them home. This is as close as it gets to stopping the twins, but nonetheless is just a useless slap on the wrist.
* RashomonStyle: Somewhat. The narrator is trying to reconstruct the weird circumstances surrounding the honor murder of a childhood friend, so he investigates the surviving witnesses and the court records. However, only the main facts remain with each retelling, as people can't even remember what weather was that day.
* RasputinianDeath: Santiago's murder results in this, both in the sense that the twins hate him enough to do this and in the sense that it takes a lot for him to die.
* RecurringDreams: The twins have dreams about the murder, preventing them from sleeping.
* RiddleForTheAges: Though it’s possible that Santiago was indeed the one who took Angela’s virginity, especially considering his behavior, we never find out the truth. Angela insists it was him, but a lot of characters cast doubt on that, since they rarely saw each other, even less spoke.
* SarcasticConfession: Either the twins unwittingly announced their intentions to kill Santiago not expecting anybody to stop them, or they secretly hoped for somebody to stop them and used this trope to attain that. Either way, their confession comes out as this.
* TagTeamTwins: Pedro and Pablo Vicario.
* TheButcher: The twins are actual butchers. The relationship between their job and their murders is lampshaded upon. Interestingly, the other, less-murderous butchers, are somewhat personal and amiable towards their animals and do things like giving them human names and cannot bring themselves to sacrifice an animal they've interacted with (like drinking their milk).
* TurnOutLikeHisFather: Santiago is a lot like his father, Ibrahim, including some of his less likeable attitudes.
* WifeHusbandry: In one instance, the narrator affirms that during the wedding party he proposed marriage to a girl who was still in elementary school; he did not raise her, but they eventually married.
* WorkHardPlayHard: Santiago Nasar is a self-made man whose purpose in life is large parties.