Memoria de mis putas tristes (Memories of My Melancholy Whores)

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“El año de mis noventa años quise regalarme una noche de amor con una adolescente virgen.”

Un viejo periodista decide festejar sus noventa años a lo grande, dándose un regalo que le hará sentir que todavía está vivo: una jovencita. En el prostíbulo de un pintoresco pueblo, ve a la jovencita de espaldas, completamente desnuda, y su vida cambia radicalmente. Ahora que la conoce se encuentra a punto de morir, pero no por viejo, sino de amor.

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Overview

“El año de mis noventa años quise regalarme una noche de amor con una adolescente virgen.”

Un viejo periodista decide festejar sus noventa años a lo grande, dándose un regalo que le hará sentir que todavía está vivo: una jovencita. En el prostíbulo de un pintoresco pueblo, ve a la jovencita de espaldas, completamente desnuda, y su vida cambia radicalmente. Ahora que la conoce se encuentra a punto de morir, pero no por viejo, sino de amor.

Así, Memoria de mis putas tristes cuenta la vida de este anciano solitario lleno de man’as. Por él sabremos cómo en todas sus aventuras sexuales (que no fueron pocas) siempre dio a cambio algo de dinero, pero nunca imagino que de ese modo encontrar’a el verdadero amor.

Esta nueva novela es una conmovedora reflexión que celebra las alegrías del enamoramiento y contempla las desventuras de la vejez, escrito en el estilo incomparable de Gabriel García Márquez.

“In my ninetieth year, I decided to give myself the gift of a night of love with a young virgin.”

An elderly journalist decides to celebrate his 90 years in a grand way, giving himself a present that will make him feel like he’s still alive: a virgin. In the brothel of a picturesque town, he sees the young woman from the back, completely naked, and his life changes radically. Now that he meets her he finds himself close to dying, not of old age, but rather of love.

Memoria de mis putas tristes is the story of this eccentric, solitary old man, a narrative of his sexual adventures (of which there were many), for which he always paid, never imagining that this would be the way he would discover true love.

This new novel, written in Gabriel García Márquez’s incomparable style movingly, contemplates the misfortunes of old age and celebrates the joys of being in love.

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En octubre del 2004 es el lanzamiento mundial de Memoria de mis putas tristes, la primera novela de García Márquez en los diez años que han pasado desde la publicación de Del amor y otros demonios. Postergando la segunda parte de su autobiografía Vivir para contarla, Gabo ha escrito una novela de amor corta acerca de un anciano que para su cumpleaños número 90, le pide de regalo a la madama de un prostíbulo los favores de una joven virgen. Junto a esa muchacha de quien llega enamorarse, el hombre recuerda a otras prostitutas a las que amó.
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"Écomo en los cuentos de hadasÉ.. breve, intensa y di‡fanaÉ.Tiene la transparente belleza de sus historias, el humor y la riqueza de su lenguaje, el tono b’blico, pero sobre todo, los s’mbolos de su universo literario, que ya son parte esencial del imaginario popular." - El Nuevo Herald

“...El maestro ha producido “Memoria de mis putas tristes” para el deleite de los millones de lectores que ha conquistado en el mundo” -Hoy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400044436
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/19/2004
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 4.60 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Gabriel García Márquez

Gabriel García Márquez, nacido en Colombia, fue una de las figuras más importantes e influyentes de la literatura universal. Ganador del Premio Nobel de Literatura, fue además cuentista, ensayista, crítico cinematográfico, autor de guiones y, sobre todo, intelectual comprometido con los grandes problemas de nuestro tiempo, en primer término con los que afectaban a su amada Colombia y a Hispanoamérica en general. Máxima figura del realismo mágico, fue en definitiva el hacedor de uno de los mundos narrativos más densos de significados que ha dado la lengua española en el siglo xx. Entre sus obras más importantes se encuentran las novelas Cien años de soledad, El coronel no tiene quien le escriba, Crónica de una muerte anunciada, La mala hora, El general en su laberinto, El amor en los tiempos del cólera, Memoria de mis putas tristes, el libro de relatos Doce cuentos peregrinos, la primera parte de su autobiografía, Vivir para contarla, y sus discursos reunidos, Yo no vengo a decir un discurso. Falleció en 2014.

Biography

Gabriel García Márquez is the product of his family and his nation. Born in the small coastal town of Aracataca in northern Colombia, he was raised by his maternal grandparents. As a child, he was mesmerized by stories spun by his grandmother and her sisters -- a rich gumbo of superstitions, folk tales, and ghost stories that fired his youthful imagination. And from his grandfather, a colonel in Colombia's devastating Civil War, he learned about his country's political struggles. This potent mix of Liberal politics, family lore, and regional mythology formed the framework for his magical realist novels.

When his grandfather died, García Márquez was sent to Sucre to live (for the first time) with his parents. He attended university in Bogotá, where he studied law in accordance with his parents' wishes. It was here that he first read The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka and discovered a literature he understood intuitively -- one with nontraditional plots and structures, just like the stories he had known all his life. His studies were interrupted when the university was closed, and he moved back north, intending to pursue both writing and law; but before long, he quit school to pursue a career in journalism.

In 1954 his newspaper sent García Márquez on assignment to Italy, marking the start of a lifelong self-imposed exile from the horrors of Colombian politics that took him to Barcelona, Paris, New York, and Mexico. Influenced by American novelist William Faulkner, creator of the fictionalized Yoknapatawpha County, and by the powerful intergenerational tragedies of the Greek dramatist Sophocles, García Márquez began writing fiction, honing a signature blend of fantasy and reality that culminated in the 1967 masterpiece One Hundred Years of Solitude. This sweeping epic became an instant classic and set the stage for more bestselling novels, including Love in the Time of Cholera, Love and Other Demons, and Memories of My Melancholy Whores. In addition, he has completed the first volume of a shelf-bending memoir, and his journalism and nonfiction essays have been collected into several anthologies.

In 1982, García Márquez was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. In his acceptance speech, he called for a "sweeping utopia of life, where no one will be able to decide for others how they die, where love will prove true and happiness be possible, and where the races condemned to one hundred years of solitude will have, at last and forever, a second opportunity on earth." Few writers have pursued that utopia with more passion and vigor than this towering 20th-century novelist.

Good To Know

Gabriel José García Márquez' affectionate nickname is Gabo.

García Márquez' first two novellas were completed long before their actual release dates, but might not have been published if it weren't for his friends, who found the manuscripts in a desk drawer and a suitcase, and sent them in for publication.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Gabriel José García Márquez
    2. Hometown:
      Mexico City, Mexico
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 6, 1928
    2. Place of Birth:
      Aracataca, Colombia
    1. Education:
      Universidad Nacional de Colombia, 1947-48, and Universidad de Cartagena, 1948-49

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2008

    Un relato de la vida real

    Tomando en cuenta que me gustan los libros con temas controverciales este titulo capto mi interez. Me lo he leido en 12 horas. En un largo viaje de un lado del continente al otro hace ya 2 años. Y todavia lo recuerdo. Es una historia real de aquellos con manias que no quieren ni desean lidiar con nadie y/o que nadie lidie con ellos. Es la historia de un alma solitaria que envejece para finalmente encontrar lo que nunca quiso, amor.

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  • Posted October 27, 2008

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    Memoria de mis Putas Tristes

    One of the very first serious novels I read on my own, outside of the required academic reading which most of us go through (Uncle Tom, The Scarlet Letter, The Great Gatsby, The Grapes of Wrath, etc.) was ¿Cien Años de Soledad¿ which was, coincidentally, the first book my father handed down to me of his own stack. That may mean nothing to you, it meant a hell of a lot to me. Though I had read many of the short stories he kept around in his office, it was not until he saw my passion for the surrealistic that he reached up on the shelf and brought down that particular book (A Hundred Years of Solitude, is the English translation). I ate that book up like nothing else and to this day remains one of my favorite books I have ever read, in English or in Spanish.<BR/><BR/>I later went on to read ¿El Amor en Tiempos de Cholera¿ before my attention was drawn elsewhere. I never knew what became of that author, and assumed him dead, after he went for nearly a decade (if I remember correctly) without putting out a single new novel. I did see my dad with ¿Vivir Para Contarla¿ (To Live to Tell it) just last year when they came to visit, and he left it with me (I started it but abandoned it when other reading came up). That last is his biography, which is good, from what I read, but a bit slow, which is perhaps why I lost interest.<BR/><BR/>I had been eyeing ¿El General en su Laberinto¿ (The General in his Laberynth¿) when I saw that he had finally released a new novel. I promptly picked it up and finished it in one sitting. That is not as great an achievement as it sounds, the book is small, of decent sized print and merely 107 pages long. Yet, I ended up unable to put it down.<BR/><BR/>The story tells of an old man, turning 90 and having fully lived his life, wanting to celebrate his birthday, by taking an adolecent¿s virginity. The mistress from the local brothel, is only able to find him a fourteen year old girl in need of money. Hesitantly, our protagonist agrees (he is never given a name). Upon finding her naked in bed, however, he is faced with a number of truths which force him to re-examine his life, his actions, and lead him to find love in the unlikeliest of fashions.<BR/><BR/>It is a sad but touching love story, which moved me, obviously enough to read the book in one take, but unfortunately fell short of the work I was hoping to find. I really liked this book, but when holding it up to books he has written before, I felt slightly disappointed. Like being thirsty and given soda to drink, you only end up more thirsty afterward. I wish it had been more, but it was, nonetheless, a pleasant read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2006

    El Amor vuelve a bociferar en el lenguage que solo Marquez nos sabe ofrecer!

    Una lectura muy real y reflectiva de Garcia Marquez. La novela transita en el tiempo refleccionando amores pasados, amores que pudieron ser y amores que nunca seran.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2006

    Excelente !

    Una Obra fuera de serie. Esta es una historia corta con mucha profundidad y ciertamente representa el sabor del cuento latinoamericano. Sin duda alguna es otra obra maestra del maestro de maestros 'Gabo'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2005

    It is Marquez again!!!

    Marquez still has it. Memoria de mis putas tristes is a wonderful, romantic, well written short story. For years I missed reading a good short story of a Latin American character in a contemporary Latin American background, but here it is and, of course, it is Marquez again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2005

    Typical Garcia Marquez

    Contrary to the title, which most of my American friends find shocking, this is a wonderful book. The story is shorter than most he has written, but equally powerful and beautifully written. The novel touches a subject that most pretend does not exist, but it is a love story none-the-less and filled with magical realism. There is much symbolism in the character's memories of the women he could have loved but didn't, the women who loved him, the regrets of his past and his re-discovery of life when he finds himself falling in love with an unlikely girl, in an unlikely place, with unlikely results. The non-consumation of his love is the greatest symbol of his entire life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2005

    Of course, its a Marquez book

    I'm a fan of Marquez since HS Spanish Lit. Marquez is totally in his style after ten years, telling a story how an older man discovers love with sex. He tells the story so thoroughly for a 109 page book. It was an easy read for my first time reading a complete book in spanish. I think I appreciated it more reading his work directly in spanish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2005

    More of the same!

    After reading his classics and having enjoyed them so much, I can only say this book is a total disappointment. In my opinion it is a best seller only because it was written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez but not because it is worth it.

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