"The only regret I will have in dying is if it is not for love": First Spanish Edition of the El Amor En Los Tiempos Del Colera; Inscribed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez to fellow Nobel Prize-winning novelist Jose Saramago
El Amor en los Tiempos del Colera (Love in the Time of Cholera).
Garcia Marquez, Gabriel (Jose Saramago).$11,000.00
Item Number: 101242
Madrid: Mondadori, 1987.
First Spanish edition of the author’s masterpiece which ranks as one of the great novels of the last half of the twentieth century. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, boldly inscribed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez on the dedication page to fellow Nobel-prize winning author Jose Saramago, “Para Jose, del amigo G. Marquez.” Two of the most significant authors of the twentieth century, Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Portuguese writer Jose Saramago’s several best-selling works have achieved significant critical acclaim and widespread commercial success, notably for their unique and distinctive styles and ability to convey the depth of experience of the human condition. While Marquez singularly popularized the style of magical realism, Saramago created his own experimental style featuring long sentences and unique dialogue structures to convey the experiences of his characters. Marquez was the first Colombian and fourth Latin American to win a Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982 “for his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent’s life and conflicts.” In 1998, Saramago was also awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, notably for his “parables sustained by imagination, compassion and irony”, and his “modern skepticism” about official truths. From the library of Jose Saramago with his ownership signature to the front free endpaper. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional association connecting two Nobel prize-winning literary masters.
"This shining and heartbreaking novel may be one of the greatest love stories ever told," wrote the New York Times. It's a "sumptuous book[with] major themes of love, death, the torments of memory, the inexorability of old age" (The Washington Post). The English-language movie adaptation was released in 2007, starring Academy Award-nominated Brazilian actress Fernanda Montenegro.