The sons of Gabriel García Márquez publish the final book he wanted destroyed

By MediaMonkey

March 7, 2024

Legendary Columbian writer Gabriel García Márquez never stopped working, dying with a book partially finished.

But he was struggling with dementia, and told his sons the book wasn’t good enough, and if he died with it unfinished they were to destroy it.

Obviously then, ten years later, the sons have announced not only didn’t they destroy it, they’re publishing it.

The sons told BBC Front Row: “Definitely, we weren’t going to destroy it… In 2022, we took one of the versions and we read it, and there really wasn’t a lot of discussion about it… We realised that the book was complete, we realised that we didn’t have to do a lot of editing. There are no additions, there are no great changes. So there really wasn’t any discussion there… “We did think about it for about three seconds – was it a betrayal to my parents, to my father’s [wishes]?… And we decided, yes, it was a betrayal. But that’s what children are for.”

Opinion is divided.

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