We will see each other in August | A posthumous novel published by García Márquez’s sons

(Madrid) A posthumous novel by Gabriel García Márquez is published Wednesday in Spanish, a work that had become “indecipherable” for the Colombian Nobel laureate plagued by memory loss at the end of his life, according to his sons Rodrigo and Gonzalo , who had to do “archaeological work” to bring together the fragments.

This unpublished short novel, We will see each other in Augustis published as the tenth anniversary of the death on April 17, 2014 of the author of A hundred years of solitude and of Love in the time of choleracrowned with the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.

About fifteen years before her death, “Gabo” began writing this book which tells the story of Ana Magdalena Bach, a woman who visits her mother’s grave every year in August on a Caribbean island.

The protagonist takes advantage of her travels to leave aside her life of chastity and increases the number of erotic meetings with strangers.

In 1999, Garcia Marquez publicly read the first chapter, but refrained from publishing the rest of the work, which did not satisfy him, and contented himself with giving versions of the manuscript to those close to him.

Considering this work as nonsense and a “waste”, he finally abandoned writing it, explained Rodrigo and Gonzalo Garcia Barcha during a virtual press conference organized Tuesday from Spain.

The “book became a little indecipherable” for the author in the last years of his life, marked by illness and memory loss, Rodrigo explained.

At the decision of his relatives, the manuscripts were kept at the Harry Ransom Center, a library at the University of Texas, in the United States.

A “dispersed” novel

The opinions of academics who read fragments of the work finally convinced the two brothers to bring together these ordeals in a posthumous book, published on the anniversary of the birth of their father, who would have been 97 years old on Wednesday.

“When we read the versions, we realized that the book was much better than we thought. We began to suspect that Gabo had lost the ability to write, but also the ability to read” and therefore “the ability to judge” his own writings, Gonzalo explained.

Despite rumors that the novel had no ending, the writer’s children and beneficiaries claim that he had fully developed the story of Ana Magdalena Bach before dying.

“The novel was a little scattered in an unknown number of originals, but it was complete.” It was “a work of archeology” to put the parts together and come to an end, Gonzalo added.

Rodrigo assures him, there is no other hidden novel from the father of magical realism, so that “We will see each other in August” is the “last survivor” of his literary universe.

The Spanish version will be released in several countries on Wednesday. The French version will be released on March 13 by Grasset and the English version on March 20.

Born on March 6, 1927 in the northern Colombian town of Aracataca, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a journalist and writer, is the author of a long list of short stories and novels, such as Chronicle of a death foretold And Story of a shipwrecked manwhich shook up Latin American literature.

According to the Cervantes Institute, he is the most translated Spanish-language writer since the beginning of the 21e century, ahead of the Chilean Isabel Allende, the Argentinian Jorge Luis Borges and the Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa, also a Nobel Prize winner.

The Netflix platform will release this year a series inspired by A hundred years of solitudehis masterpiece.

reference: www.lapresse.ca

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