PARIS, FRANCE - september 11. Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez during Portrait Session held on september 11, 1990. Photo by Ulf Andersen / Getty Images

An unpublished Gabriel García Márquez novel set for release next year

A previously unpublished novel by the late Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez is set to hit bookstore shelves next year.

According to reports, “En Agosto Nos Vemos” — roughly translated from Spanish as “See You In August” — will be published by Penguin Random House.

The author behind One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera died in 2014, leaving behind an unfinished manuscript.

At the time, García Márquez’s family hadn’t decided whether to publish the novel posthumously.

His two sons, Rodrigo and Gonzalo García Barcha, have however concluded that the book should be read by an eager public.

The book they said, “was the fruit of a final effort to continue creating against all odds”.

“Reading it once again almost 10 years after his death, we discovered that the text had many and very enjoyable merits and nothing to prevent us from enjoying the most outstanding aspects of Gabo’s work: his capacity for invention, the poetry of language, the captivating narrative, his understanding of the human being and his affection for his experiences and misfortunes, especially in love, possibly the main theme of all his work,” they added, using a common nickname for García Márquez.

The Guardian reports that the roughly 150-page novel will contain five sections centred around a character named Ana Magdalena Bach.

According to the publishing industry trade publication The Bookseller, Viking (an imprint of Penguin Random House) will publish the novel in hardback, e-book and audio versions, and Penguin Random House Spain will publish it in all Spanish-speaking countries except Mexico.


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