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On the eve of his ninetieth birthday a bachelor decides to give himself a wild night of love with a virgin. As is his habit–he has purchased hundreds of women–he asks a madam for her assistance. The fourteen-year-old girl who is procured for him is enchanting, but exhausted as she is from caring for siblings and her job sewing buttons, she can do little but sleep. Yet with this sleeping beauty at his side, it is he who awakens to a romance he has never known.
Tender, knowing, and slyly comic, Memories of My Melancholy Whores is an exquisite addition to the master’s work.
About the Author
Gabriel Garcia Marquez was born in 1927 in the town of Aracataca, Columbia.Latin America's preeminent man of letters, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982. Garcia Marquez began his writing career as a journalist and is the author of numerous other works of fiction and nonfiction, including the novels The Autumn of the Patriarch and Love in the Time of Cholera, and the autobiography Living to Tell the Tale. There has been resounding acclaim for his life's work since he passed away in April 2014.
Edith Grossman is the distinguished prize-winning translator of major works by leading contemporary Hispanic writers, including Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Mario Vargas Llosa, Alvaro Mutis, and Mayra Montero. Her new translation of Don Quixote is Edith Grossman's excursion into the classic literature of an earlier time, a natural kind of progression in reverse. Now she employs her many years' experience translating modern classics to bring us an elegantly contemporary translation of Don Quixote.
"Unforgettable. . . . Classic Márquez. " –The Washington Post
“García Marquez has composed, with his usual sensual gravity and Olympian humor, a love letter to the dying light.” –John Updike, The New Yorker
“Luminous. . . . The cunning of Memories lies in the utter–and utterly unexpected-- reliability of its narrator” –The New York Times Book Review
he cunning of Memories of My Melancholy Whores lies in the utter--and utterly unexpected--reliability of its narrator.
“Masterful. Erotic. As hypnotizing as it is disturbing.” –Los Angeles Times
“As accomplished a piece of storytelling as you are likely to find on the shelves today.”–Chicago Tribune
“Profoundly haunting. . . . Fiction of the very highest order." –The Times Literary Supplement