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” (LA Times)
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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 virgin.”
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
Memories of My Melancholy Whores is a brilliant gem by the
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