“Nos vemos en agosto”: Gabriel García Márquez’s posthumous book has been released (what is it about)

“Nos vemos en agosto”, the posthumous book by Gabriel García Márquez, was published by the children of the Nobel Prize winner for Literature: a hymn to freedom that will make us dream (again)

On March 6, marking what would have been the birthday of Gabriel García Márquez, a long-awaited posthumous book titled “Nos vemos en agosto” (“See You in August”) was released.

Published by Penguin Random House in Spanish-speaking countries, Knopf in the United States, and other publishers globally, the book offers a collection of five stories that delve into themes such as freedom, desire, and are described as a true ode to liberty, a tribute to femininity, and a meditation on the mysteries of love and the powers of regrets.

This discovery was made among the documents of García Márquez stored at the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, Texas, sold by his family. The author, known for his many masterpieces including “One Hundred Years of Solitude” and awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982, had originally instructed not to publish this new work after his death.

However, ten years after his passing, García Márquez’s sons, Rodrigo and Gonzalo García Barcha, decided to share this literary treasure with the world. They stated:

“It is the result of our father’s last effort to continue creating against all odds. Reading it again, we discovered that the text had many highly enjoyable qualities and nothing prevents us from delighting in the most exceptional aspects of Gabo’s work: his inventiveness, his poetic language, his engaging storytelling, his understanding of the human condition, and his affection for our experiences and misadventures, especially in love, perhaps the main theme of his entire oeuvre.”

The book focuses on the life of Ana Magdalena Bach, a woman nearing fifty with thirty years of marriage behind her. Every year, on August 16, she makes a journey to a Caribbean island where her mother is buried.

This annual ritual involving a ferry, a taxi, a bunch of gladioli, and a hotel becomes an opportunity for Ana to transform herself once a year, explore her sensuality, and face the fears hidden in her heart. The plot promises to offer a fascinating perspective on the life and experiences of a mature woman, with the unmistakable touch of García Márquez.

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