Memories of My Melancholy Whores
First edition (Colombian)
|Author||Gabriel García Márquez|
|Original title||Memoria de mis putas tristes|
|Publisher||Editorial Norma (Colombia)
Alfred A. Knopf (US)
Published in English
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
|LC Class||PQ8180.17.A73 M4613 2005|
Memories of My Melancholy Whores (Spanish: 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.
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.
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.
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, after which it was banned, after the Ministry of Culture received complaints from conservatives who believed the novel was promoting prostitution.
Editions in print
- ISBN 1-4000-9580-8: Vintage; Spanish original, trade paperback
- ISBN 1-4000-9594-8: Vintage; English translation, US paperback
- ISBN 1-4000-4460-X: Knopf; English translation, US hardback
- ISBN 0-224-07764-3: Jonathan Cape; English translation, UK hardback
- ISBN 80-207-1187-2: Odeon; Czech translation, hardback
- ISBN 972-20-2802-2: Dom Quixote; Portuguese (Portugal) translation, hardback
- ISBN 5-98358-161-9: Online; Russian translation, paperback
- ISBN 3-596-17259-4: Fischer; German translation, paperback
- ISBN 85-01-07265-6: Record; Brazilian Portuguese translation, paperback
- ISBN 83-7319-778-8: Muza; Polish translation, hardback
- ISBN 2-84305-784-x: Mada; Arabic translation, paperback
- "Tiene "Memoria de mis putas tristes" buen recibimiento en Málaga" (in Spanish). Provincia. 24 April 2012. Retrieved 21 May 2012.
- "Iran ban for Garcia Marquez novel," BBC NEWS, Americas.
- Iran bans Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel AP, November 17, 2007
- Complete Review review
- The New Yorker review
- Page on Metacritic.com
- Fantastic Fiction page
- Film Based on Gabriel Garcia Marquez Book Prompts Protest in Mexico by The Los Angeles Times
- 'The Nonagenarian and the Nymphette', review in the Oxonian Review