Memories of My Melancholy Whores

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Memories of My Melancholy Whores
First edition (Colombian)
AuthorGabriel García Márquez
Original titleMemoria de mis putas tristes
TranslatorEdith Grossman
PublisherEditorial Norma (Colombia)
Alfred A. Knopf (US)
Publication date
Published in English
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)
863/.64 22
LC ClassPQ8180.17.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. The proper translation of the title would be "memory of my sad whores", being that melancholy is a word whose meaning is far more intricate than Spanish triste (the Spanish word for "melancholy" is melancólico, not triste) and Spanish triste translates best to the English adjective sad.


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, Ángela Molina and Geraldine Chaplin. The film received the Special Young Jury Prize at the Malaga Spanish Film Festival.[1]


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,[2] after which it was banned, after the Ministry of Culture received complaints from Islamic conservatives who believed the novel was promoting prostitution.[3]


  1. ^ "Tiene "Memoria de mis putas tristes" buen recibimiento en Málaga" (in Spanish). Provincia. 24 April 2012. Archived from the original on 7 September 2012. Retrieved 21 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Iran ban for Garcia Marquez novel," BBC NEWS, Americas.
  3. ^ Iran bans Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel AP, November 17, 2007

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