From the Publisher
Memories of My Melancholy Whores is Gabriel García
Márquez's first work of fiction in ten years, written at the height
of his powers, the Spanish edition of which Ilan Stavans called,
"Masterful. Erotic. As hypnotizing as it is disturbing" (Los
On the eve of his ninetieth birthday, our unnamed protagonist-an
undistinguished journalist and lifelong bachelor-decides to give
himself "the gift of a night of wild love with an adolescent
The virgin, whom an old madam procures for him, is splendidly
young, with the silent power of a sleeping beauty. The night of
love blossoms into a transforming year. It is a year in which he
relives, in a rush of memories, his lifetime of (paid-for) sexual
adventures and experiences a revelation that brings him to the edge
of dying-not of old age, but, at long last, of uncorrupted love.
Memories of My Melancholy Whores is a brilliant gem by
the master storyteller.
About the Author
Gabriel García Márquez was born in 1927 near Aracataca, Colombia.
He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.
Edith Grossman is widely recognized as the preeminent
Spanish-to-English translator of our time.
Gabriel García Márquez's Living to Tell the Tale, The Story of
a Shipwrecked Sailor, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Love in the
Time of Cholera, News of a Kidnapping, and The General in
His Labyrinth are available in Vintage paperback. Vivir
para contarla, El amor en los tiempos del cólera, Crónica de una
muerta anunciada, El general en su laberinto and Memorias
de mis putas tristes are available in Vintage
Published: October 25, 2005
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 140004460X
ISBN - 13: 9781400044603