Memories of My Melancholy Whores

Memories of My Melancholy Whores

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Memories of My Melancholy Whores is a powerful novel about a man who so far has never felt love from Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, author of the One Hundred Years of Solitude. 'The year I turned ninety, I wanted to give myself the gift of a night of wild love with an adolescent virgin'On the eve of his ninetieth birthday a newspaper columnist in Colombia decides to give himself 'a night of mad love with a virgin adolescent'. But on seeing this beautiful girl he falls deeply under her spell. His love for his 'Delgadina' causes him to recall all the women he has paid to perform acts of love. And so the columnist realises he must chronicle the life of his heart, to offer it freely to the world. . . 'Marquez describes this amorous, sometimes disturbing journey with the grace and vigour of a master storyteller' Daily Mail'Marquez is wonderful on the transformative and redemptive powers of love. . . storytelling magic' Tatler'Marquez writes in this lyrical, magical language that no-one else can do' Salman RushieAs one of the pioneers of magic realism and perhaps the most prominent voice of Latin American literature, Gabriel Garcia Marquez has received international recognition for his novels, works of non-fiction and collections of short stories. Those published in translation by Penguin include Autumn of the Patriarch, Bon Voyage Mr. President, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Collected Stories, The General in his Labyrinth, In Evil Hour, Innocent Erendira and Other Stories, Leaf Storm, Living to Tell the Tale, Love in the Time of Cholera, News of a Kidnapping, No-one Writes to the Colonel, Of Love and Other Demons, The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor and Strange Pilgrims.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 10mm | 99.79g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141028734
  • 9780141028736
  • 137,974

About Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Gabriel Garcia Marquez was born in 1927 near Aracataca, Colombia. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. He is the author of One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera and Living to Tell the Tale, amongst other works of his fiction and non-fiction to be reissued in 2007 and 2008. This book is translated by Edith Grossman, widely recognized as the preeminent Spanish to English translator of our time.
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Marquez describes this amorous, sometimes disturbing journey with the grace and vigour of a master storyteller * Daily Mail * Profoundly haunting ... one of literature's great figures pushes back the years and gives us fiction of the very highest order * TLS * A velvety pleasure to read... Marquez has composed, with his usual sensual gravity and Olympian humour, a love letter to the dying light. * John Updike * There is not one stale sentence, redundant word or unfinished thought * The Times * Marquez describes this amorous, sometimes disturbing journey with the grace and vigour of a master storyteller * Daily Mail * Profoundly haunting ... one of literature's great figures pushes back the years and gives us fiction of the very highest order * TLS * A velvety pleasure to read... Marquez has composed, with his usual sensual gravity and Olympian humour, a love letter to the dying light. * John Updike * There is not one stale sentence, redundant word or unfinished thought * The Times *
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Memories of my Melancholy Whores is the tenth novel by Colombian author, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The narrator is a second-rate journalist who decides to treat himself to a virgin on the eve of his ninetieth birthday. As he is a very frequent customer of his local brothels, the madam duly arranges a fourteen-year-old virgin for him. But he finds himself and, in fact, his whole attitude to life changed by the sight of the young, naked, sleeping girl. He is apparently in love for the first time in his life, but whilst he leaves her virginity intact, his descriptions of her do bring to mind the word paedophile. And the discussion he has with one of his previous whores about the relationship with the young virgin is no less disturbing. Into the story at various times come art and music, a bicycle, an angora cat, a housekeeper and a birthday party. Marquez's lack of punctuation for dialogue requires careful reading to ascertain just who is speaking. While fans of this lauded author may enjoy this compact offering, many other readers may well wonder what the fuss is about.show more
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