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Memoria De Mis Putas Tristes / Memories of My Melancholy Whores
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'Having decided to celebrate his ninetieth birthday by spending the night with a young virgin, an old man falls deeply in love for the first time in his life when he spots the girl at a local brothel.'
Amazon.com description: Product Description: “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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Hardcover
Book cover for 9781400044436
 
from Alfred a Knopf Inc (October 26, 2004)
9781400044436 | details & prices | 109 pages | 4.75 × 7.75 × 0.25 in. | 0.38 lbs | List price $18.95
About: Having decided to celebrate his ninetieth birthday by spending the night with a young virgin, an old man falls deeply in love for the first time in his life when he spots the girl at a local brothel.
Paperback
Book cover for 9781400095803 Book cover for 9789500725873 Book cover for 9789681340322
 
from Sudamericana (November 1, 2004)
9789500725873 | details & prices | 128 pages | List price $13.95
About: Brendan Cleary is a part-time lecturer, poet and stand-up comic.
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from Random House Spanish (October 24, 2004)
9781400095803 | details & prices | 109 pages | 5.25 × 7.75 × 0.25 in. | 0.30 lbs | List price $14.95
About: Having decided to celebrate his ninetieth birthday by spending the night with a young virgin, an old man falls deeply in love for the first time in his life when he spots the girl at a local brothel.
from Diana/Mexico (June 30, 2004)
9789681340322 | details & prices | 5.50 × 9.25 × 0.50 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $20.95
About: “El año de mis noventa años quise regalarme una noche de amor con una adolescente virgen.
Prebinding
Book cover for 9781417666874
 
With Gabriel Garcia Marquez | from Turtleback Books (October 1, 2004)
9781417666874 | details & prices | List price $23.30

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