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 García Márquez, 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. . .

'Márquez describes this amorous, sometimes disturbing journey with the grace and vigour of a master storyteller' Daily Mail

'Márquez is wonderful on the transformative and redemptive powers of love. . . storytelling magic' Tatler

'Márquez writes in this lyrical, magical language that no-one else can do' Salman Rushie

As one of the pioneers of magic realism and perhaps the most prominent voice of Latin American literature, Gabriel García Márquez 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 Eréndira 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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Márquez 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... Márquez 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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A major literary event: Gabriel Garcia Marquez's first work of fiction for ten years

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