Gar­cia Mar­quez mas­ter­piece to be pub­lished as e-book

The Washington Times Daily - - Life -

Colom­bian writer Gabriel Gar­cia Mar­quez was to cel­e­brate his 85th birth­day Tues­day with a spe­cial gift: the start of sales of an elec­tronic ver­sion of his mas­ter­piece novel “One Hun­dred Years of Soli­tude.”

“I do not know if it will be as suc­cess­ful as hoped, but it is the goal,” said Car­men Bal­cells, Mr. Gar­cia Mar­quez’s lit­er­ary agent, in an in­ter­view Mon­day with Colom­bian Ra­dio Cara­col.

This year also marks the 30th an­niver­sary since Mr. Gar­cia Mar­quez re­ceived the No­bel Prize for lit­er­a­ture.

“One Hun­dred Years of Soli­tude” al­ready has sold 30 mil­lion copies world­wide, ac­cord­ing to Agence France-presse. It tells the saga of a trou­bled fam­ily of Ma­condo, an imag­i­nary vil­lage, in the 19th and 20th cen­turies. It has been trans­lated into 35 lan­guages.

“One Hun­dred Years of Soli­tude” is Mr. Gar­cia Mar­quez’s fourth book pub­lished elec­tron­i­cally. the U.S., with more than 128 mil­lion al­bums sold.

Miss Smith, the wife of coun­try singer Marty Stu­art, is among a pi­o­neer­ing wave of fe­male singers who helped lay the foun­da­tion for to­day’s suc­cess by women in coun­try mu­sic. And Mr. Rob­bins has been con­sid­ered among the top ses­sion play­ers in Nashville over a 50-year ca­reer that’s in­cluded work for ev­ery­one from Ge­orge Jones to Bob Dy­lan.

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