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Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcia Marquez is in paperback at 12.50 euros.
Marquez’s first work of fiction for 10 years is a sensual and hypnotic journey through the mind of a man discovering the transformative and redemptive powers of love. After a lifetime filled with hundreds of women for hire, he has never married and never loved.
On finding a young girl naked and asleep on the brothel owner’s bed, a passion is ignited in his heart and he feels, for the first time, the pangs of love. During these solitary early hours, his love for her deepens and he finds himself reflecting on his newly found passion and the loveless life he has led.
By day, his columns in the local newspaper are read avidly by those who recognise in his outpourings the enlivening power of love.
At the age of 80, Marquez hasn’t lost his power to engage his readers with his exquisite prose.