Memories of My Melancholy Whores

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Memories of My Melancholy Whores
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First edition (Colombian)
Author Gabriel García Márquez
Original title Memoria de mis putas tristes
Translator Edith Grossman
Country Colombia
Language Spanish
Publisher Editorial Norma (Colombia)
Alfred A. Knopf (US)
Publication date
2004
Published in English
2005
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 128
ISBN 978-1-4000-4460-3
OCLC 58431922
Dewey Decimal 863/.64 22
LC Class PQ8180.17.A73 M4613 2005

Memories of My Melancholy Whores (original Spanish-language title: Memoria de mis putas tristes) is a novella by Gabriel García Márquez. The book was originally published in Spanish in 2004, with an English translation by Edith Grossman published in October 2005.

Plot[edit]

An old journalist, who has just celebrated his 90th birthday, seeks sex with a young prostitute, who is selling her virginity to help her family. Instead of sex, he discovers love for the first time in his life.

Banning[edit]

A Persian edition of Memories of My Melancholy Whores was published in Iran in October 2007, under the title Memories of My Melancholy Sweethearts. The first edition of 5,000 sold out within three weeks of publication,[1] after which it was banned, after the Ministry of Culture received complaints from conservatives who believed the novel was promoting prostitution.[2]

Adaptation[edit]

In 2012, a joint film production of the novel by Spain, Denmark and Mexico was released by Danish film director, Henning Carlsen, and starring Emilio Echevarría, Olivia Molina and Ángela Molina. The film received the Special Young Jury Prize at the Malaga Spanish Film Festival.[3]

Editions in print[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Iran ban for Garcia Marquez novel," BBC NEWS, Americas.
  2. ^ Iran bans Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel AP, November 17, 2007
  3. ^ "Tiene "Memoria de mis putas tristes" buen recibimiento en Málaga" (in Spanish). Provincia. 24 April 2012. Retrieved 21 May 2012. 

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