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Gabriel Garcia Marquez to Publish Book of Speeches

marquez.jpgSix years have passed since Gabriel García Márquez’s last publication (the novella, Memories of My Melancholy Whores), but he will soon publish Yo no vengo a decir un discurso which translates to I Didn’t Come to Give a Speech.

The phrase comes from  speech he wrote in high school in 1944. Mondadori, Italy’s largest publishing house, will release the book on October 29th.

According to the Latin America Herald Tribune, Marquez feels that this project helped him rediscover how his writing skills evolved over the course of his career. Most of these speeches are unpublished. Altogether, the Nobel literature laureate compiled 22 speeches to be in the book.

Here’s more from the article: “In his third public speech, upon receiving the Romulo Gallegos prize in 1972, the writer said that he had agreed to do two of the things he had promised ‘never to do: receive an award and give a speech.’ However, he changed his stance 10 years later, when he received the Nobel Literature Prize and had to pen the most important speech that any author could have to write. The result was ‘La soledad de America Latina’ (‘The Solitude of Latin America‘), considered to be a masterpiece, and since then giving speeches has been a part of his life.”

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Gabriel García Márquez May Not Publish Again

marquez.jpgFollowing last year’s rumors of a new novel, news has again resurfaced that Gabriel García Márquez will not add another book to his Nobel Prize-winning body of work.

“I don’t think that García Márquez will write anything else,” said Carmen Balcells, the writer’s agent, in a newspaper interview. Even the author’s biographer, Gerald Martin, thought this time was final.

Martin told the Guardian: “I also believe that Gabo won’t write any more books, but I don’t think this is too regrettable, because as a writer it was his destiny to have the immense satisfaction of having a totally coherent literary career many years before the end of his natural life.” (Via Gawker)