In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career he whiles away the years in 622 affairs--yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral.
Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he will do so again.
'Marquez writes in this lyrical, magical language that no one else can do -- Salman Rushdie
'An exquisite writer, wise, compassionate and extremely funny -- Sunday Times
'Marquez is the master-weaver of the real and the conjectured. His descriptive power astounds'-- New Statesman
'An amazing celebration of the many kinds of love between men and women ... among Marquez'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 aspects of Marquez have never been better shown -- Melvyn Bragg
'A love story of astonishing 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 Marquez's writing -- Sunday Telegraph
'An anatomy of love in all its forms. A rich commodious novel whose narrative power is matched only by its generosity of vision -- The New York Times
'Quite the nearest thing to sensual pleasure that prose can offer-- Daily Tekgraph
About the Author
Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez (American Spanish: [ɡaˈβɾjel ɣarˈsi.a ˈmarkes] About this sound audio (help·info); 6 March 1927 – 17 April 2014) was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist, known affectionately as Gabo throughout Latin America.
Considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century, he was awarded the 1972 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature. He pursued a self-directed education that resulted in his leaving law school for a career in journalism. From early on, he showed no inhibitions in his criticism of Colombian and foreign politics. In 1958, he married Mercedes Barcha; they had two sons, Rodrigo and Gonzalo.
García Márquez started as a journalist, and wrote many acclaimed non-fiction works and short stories, but is best known for his novels, such as One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), The Autumn of the Patriarch (1975) and Love in the Time of Cholera (1985). His works have achieved significant critical acclaim and widespread commercial success, most notably for popularizing a literary style labeled as magic realism, which uses magical elements and events in otherwise ordinary and realistic situations.
Some of his works are set in a fictional village called Macondo (the town mainly inspired by his birthplace Aracataca), and most of them explore the theme of solitude.
On his death in April 2014, Juan Manuel Santos, the President of Colombia, described him as "the greatest Colombian who ever lived".
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