Memories of My Melancholy Whores
Publication Date: November 14, 2006
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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.
Gabriel García Márquez 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, Living to Tell the Tale, among other works of fiction and nonfiction. This book is translated by Edith Grossman, widely recognized as the preeminent Spanish to English translator of our time.
"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