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Gabriel García MárquezLOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERATranslated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman
ContentsLove in the Time of Cholera
ABOUT THE AUTHORGabriel García Márquez was born in Aracataca, Colombia, in 1927. He studiedat the National University of Colombia at Bogotá and later worked as a reporterfor the Colombian newspaperEl Espectadorand as a foreign correspondent inRome, Paris, Barcelona, Caracas and New York. He is the author of severalnovels and collections of stories, includingEyes of a Blue Dog(1947),LeafStorm(1955),No One Writes to the Colonel(1958),In Evil Hour(1962),BigMama’s Funeral(1962),One Hundred Years of Solitude(1967),InnocentEréndira and Other Stories(1972),The Autumn of the Patriarch(1975),Chronicle of a Death Foretold(1981),Love in the Time of Cholera(1985),TheGeneral in His Labyrinth(1989),Strange Pilgrims(1992),Of Love and OtherDemons(1994) andMemories of My Melancholy Whores(2005). Many of hisbooks are published by Penguin. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literaturein 1982. Gabriel García Márquez died in 2014.
For Mercedes, of course
PENGUIN BOOKSLOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA‘Márquez writes in this lyrical, magical language that no one else can do’Salman Rushdie‘An exquisite writer, wise, compassionate and extremely funny’Sunday Times‘Márquez is the master-weaver of the real and the conjectured. His descriptivepower astounds’New Statesman‘An amazing celebration of the many kinds of love between men and women …among Márquez’s best fiction’The Times‘Few have written so passionately about the power of love’Independent‘A delight. The interlocking of the stories, the fantastical and obsessional aspectsof Márquez have never been better shown’ Melvyn Bragg ‘A love story ofastonishing power and delicious comedy’Newsweek‘The most important writer of fiction in any language’ Bill Clinton‘One of this century’s most evocative writers’ Anne Tyler‘No lover of fiction can fail to respond to the grace of Márquez’s writing’Sunday Telegraph‘An anatomy of love in all its forms. A rich commodious novel whose narrativepower is matched only by its generosity of vision’The New York Times‘Quite the nearest thing to sensual pleasure that prose can offer’Daily Telegraph
The words I am about to express:They now have their own crowned goddess.LEANDRO DÍAZ
IT WAS INEVITABLE: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fateof unrequited love. Dr. Juvenal Urbino noticed it as soon as he entered the stilldarkened house where he had hurried on an urgent call to attend a case that forhim had lost all urgency many years before. The Antillean refugee Jeremiah deSaint-Amour, disabled war veteran, photographer of children, and his mostsympathetic opponent in chess, had escaped the torments of memory with thearomatic fumes of gold cyanide.