THE family of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the late Nobel literature laureate, may publish a posthumous novel, Graham Keeley report in this article for The Australian.
Garcia Marquez, the master of magical realism who brought Latin American literature to a worldwide audience, died aged 87 at his home in Mexico City on Thursday, with his wife Mercedes and two sons at his side.
His family are considering publishing a novel provisionally entitled We Will Meet in August.
It was thought to have been finished but Garcia Marquez then decided to tinker with the ending, according to friends.
The novel is about a woman, Maria Magdalena, who is 53 and every August 16 travels to a Caribbean island where her mother is buried. Though she has been happily married for years, she has an affair during one such trip and hopes that something will happen on this day every year.
In 2008, the Colombian journalist Jose Salgar said that Garcia Marquez had written a new book, the first since his last finished novel was published in 2004, while last year Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza, a friend of Garcia Marquez, said there were two versions of this unpublished text.
Guillem d’Efak, director of Garcia Marquez’s literary agents, Carmen Balcells, declined to comment on the possibility of a new book. “We are desolated by his death,” he said.
Yesterday the Colombian government declared three days of national mourning for the country’s most famous literary son. Garcia Marquez’s masterpiece was One Hundred Years of Solitude, a dreamlike, dynastic epic that helped him win the Nobel prize for literature in 1982. The book sold more than 50 million copies and was translated into 25 languages.
Tributes to the author continued be paid in yesterday. Patrick Ness, the British author best known for the Chaos Walking trilogy, tweeted: “One Hundred Years of Solitude is one of the key books of my entire life. RIP Gabriel Garcia Marquez.”
The actress Mia Farrow tweeted: “RIP Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Awe and gratitude.”
In another sign of the esteem in which he was held, Lena Dunham, the Girls writer and actor, tweeted: “I once made out with someone purely because I thought he might be related to Gabriel Garcia Marquez. What a beautiful writer RIP.”
Known to millions as Gabo, Garcia Marquez also enjoyed a controversial friendship with the former Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Yesterday (Friday), Granma, the newspaper of Cuba’s ruling Communist party, said: “Latin American culture is in mourning. Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died.”
Isabel Allende, the Chilean author, said: “I owe him the impulse and the freedom to plunge into literature.”
The cause of his death was not known but he had been admitted to hospital earlier this month for treatment for pneumonia. He will be cremated in the next few days.