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Strange Pilgrims (Marquez 2014) [Kindle Edition]

Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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Book Description

Strange Pilgrims is a collection of unforgettable stories about distinctive South American individuals in Europe from the Nobel laureate Gabriel Garca Marquez author of One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera.



'The first thing Senora Prudencia Linero noticed when she reached the port of Naples was that it had the same smell as the port of Riohacha'



The twelve stories here tell of Latin Americans adrift in Europe: a bereaved father in Rome for an audience with the Pope carries a box shaped like a cello case; an aging streetwalker waits for death in Barcelona with a dog trained to weep at her grave; a panic-stricken husband takes his wife to a Parisian hospital to treat a cut and never sees her again. Combining terror and nostalgia, surreal comedy and the poetry of the commonplace, Strange Pilgrims is a triumph of storytelling by our most brilliant writer.



'Celebratory and full of strange relish at life's oddness, the stories draw their strength from Marquez's generous feel for character, good and bad, boorish and innocent' William Boyd



'The most important writer of fiction in any language' Bill Clinton



'Often touching, often funny, always unexpected, the experience is as enriching as travel itself' New Statesman



As one of the pioneers of magic realism and perhaps the most prominent voice of Latin American literature, Gabriel Garcia Marquez has received international recognition for his novels, works of non-fiction and collections of short stories. Those published in translation by Penguin include Autumn of the Patriarch, Bon Voyage Mr. President, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Collected Stories, The General in his Labyrinth, In Evil Hour, Innocent Erendira and Other Stories, Leaf Storm, Living to Tell the Tale, Love in the Time of Cholera, Memories of My Melancholy Whores, News of a Kidnapping, No One Writes to the Colonel, Of Love and Other Demons, and The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor.


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Filled with greedy joys, with small pleasures, polished like apples against a sleeve (Observer)

Often touching, often funny, always unexpected, the experience is as enriching as travel itself (New Statesman)

Celebratory and full of strange relish at life's oddness. The stories draw their strength from Márquez's generous feel for character, good and bad, boorish and innocent (William Boyd)

About the Author

Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1927- ) was born in Aracataca, Colombia. His most recent book, Memories of My Melancholy Whores, is his first new novel to be published in a decade and is available as a Penguin Paperback from August 2007. He is the author of several novels, works of non-fiction and collections of short stories, including Leaf Storm (1955); One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967); The Autumn of the Patriarch (1975); Chronicle of a Death Foretold (1981) and The General in His Labyrinth (1989). He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 967 KB
  • Print Length: 197 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Re-issue edition (6 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HVPSXPG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #252,443 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Gabriel García Márquez was born in Aracataca, Colombia, in 1928.

He has written a great number of books, including the masterpiece One Hundred Years of Solitude, and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. He now lives in Mexico City.

Márquez studied at the University of Bogotá and later worked as a reporter for the Colombian newspaper El Espectador and as a foreign correspondent in Rome, Paris, Barcelona, Caracas and New York. His first full-length work, One Hundred Years of Solitude, was published in 1967 to immediate worldwide success. The book is perhaps the prime example of Márquez's remarkable ability to present the supernatural as mundane and the mundane as supernatural. It chronicles the history of a family in the fictional town of Macondo - the loves, hates, rivalries, wars, successes and failures. The novel is an example of postmodernism, treating time with ambiguity and crossing genres and narrative styles. Salman Rushdie has described the book as "the greatest novel in any language of the last fifty years".

Another of Márquez's masterworks, Love in the Time of Cholera, was published to widespread acclaim in 1985. The book, a complex and compelling study of the myths we make about love, is less fantastical than One Hundred Years of Solitude but just as luminous and unique.He is the author of several novels and collections of stories, including Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Leaf Storm, No One Writes to the Colonel, In Evil Hour, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Innocent Eréndira and Other Stories, The Autumn of the Patriach,News of a Kidnapping, The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor, Love in the Time of Cholera, The General in His Labyrinth, Strange Pilgrims, Of Love and Other Demons and the first first volume of his autobiography,Living to Tell the Tale. His most recent book is, Memories of my Melancholy Whores.

Many of his books are published by Penguin.

Nobel Prize for Literature



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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dying means never being with friends anymore 19 Aug. 2009
By Luc REYNAERT TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This bundle of short stories contains some of the greatest highlights of G.G. Màrquez's prose, like `I Only Came to Use the Phone', `Miss Forbes's Summer of Happiness' or `The Trail of Your Blood in the Snow'.
It contains also another version of Y. Kawabata's `The House of the Sleeping Beauties' (`Sleeping Beauty and the Airplaine'), which continues to fascinate the author. He even wrote a short novel about this theme (`Memories of My Melancholic Whores').

There are also outspoken political stories, ingredients or comments in it: (South-America) `A continent conceived by the scum of the earth without a moment of love: the children of abductions, rape, violations, infamous dealings, deceptions, the union of enemies with enemies.' (`Bon Voyage, Mr. President') or, like the Spanish Franco scene in `Maria dos Prazeres.'
Of course, there are also the sex histrionics and the `miracles' (`The Saint').

These stories shine through their `surrealist shocks' (`The Ghosts in August'), the evocation of the unpredictability of human fate, the meditations on the fugacity of human life and the possibility of a sudden death, or the melancholic memories of crucial personal confrontations and happenings.

They constitute a perfect introduction to the author's major and larger novels, like `One Hundred Years of Solitude' or `Living to Tell the Tale'.
A must read for all lovers of world literature.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Magical, prosaic, ultimately beautiful 22 Jun. 2009
Format:Paperback
I picked this up almost reluctantly after his Memoirs of My Melancholy Whores, which disappointed me. But this is Garcia Marquez back where he should be, a fine book best read slowly and savoured. It's built from 12 short stories, characters in search of authors, and it's about strangeness, about what wrong places do to people who should have stayed at home. Rome makes a lost father into a saint of sorts. A boy goes sailing on light because Madrid has no water. Like magic realism at its best, it bends reality to make room for the more real, then in the next paragraph is prosaic and beautiful in its observations of small things. As with all that he writes, it's ultimately very beautiful. I would read it again, and in the meantime it can sit proudly with great books of his like The Autumn of the Patriarch or The General in his Labyrinth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More stars needed! 29 July 2011
Format:Paperback
As a person who has always felt like a strange pilgrim wandering in other lands, this book beautifully brings to life those feelings and images of all things and people foreign. Señor Marquez is sublime, as always. 5 stars does not do this justice.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 5 May 2015
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
this was bought as gift - recipient pleased
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1.0 out of 5 stars WAY overhyped! 28 July 2006
Format:Hardcover
I am currently reading Strange Pilgrims and am totally dissapointed, as I was when I tried to read One Hundred Years of Solitude (in Spanish) and Love in the Time of Cholera. I kept reading rave reviews of Garcia Marquez and thought I must be missing something, but the gaping plot holes, abrupt endings and endless repetition in these 12 stories have nearly finished me off! It is declared in the Prologue that the short stories were almost all written at once, as if this is supposed to surprise the reader - but all the characters are the same !! I only moved towards Garcia Marquez' books because I heard of a comparision with Louis De Berniere's stories set in South America, but for me they were a hundred times better.
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