Synopses & Reviews
In Barcelona, an aging Brazilian prostitute trains her dog to weep at the grave she has chosen for herself. In Vienna, a woman parlays her gift for seeing the future into a fortunetelling position with a wealthy family. In Geneva, an ambulance driver and his wife take in the lonely, apparently dying ex-President of a Caribbean country, only to discover that his political ambition is very much intact.
In these twelve masterly stories about the lives of Latin Americans in Europe, García Márquez conveys the peculiar amalgam of melancholy, tenacity, sorrow, and aspiration that is the émigré experience.
The Nobel Prize-winning author of Love in the Time of Cholera presents a collection of twelve stories that feature an aging streetwalker and her gravesite-mourning dog, a bereaved father's journey to Rome, a paranoid husband, and more. Reprint.
Table of Contents
Why Twelve, Why Stories, Why Pilgrims
Bon Voyage, Mr. President
Sleeping Beauty and the Airplane
I Sell My Dreams
"I Only Came to Use the Phone"
The Ghosts of August
Maria dos Prazeres
Seventeen Poisoned Englishmen
Miss Forbes's Summer of Happiness
Light Is Like Water
The Trail of Your Blood in the Snow