Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who died at his Mexico City home on April 17 at the age of 87, left behind a manuscript that he had decided not to publish while he was alive, an editor told Associated Press, or AP, Tuesday.
Cristobal Pera, editorial director of Penguin Random House in Mexico, reportedly said that Marquez’s family has not yet decided if the manuscript, with the working title, "We'll See Each Other in August," will be released posthumously. The family also reportedly has not mentioned which publication house might get the rights to publish the work.
"This has come as a surprise to me. The last time I talked to Gabo about this story it was a stand-alone which he was going to include in a book with three similar but independent stories," Gerald Martin, Marquez’s biographer, reportedly said.
The manuscript reportedly describes a trip taken every year by a woman in her fifties to visit her mother’s grave on a tropical island where she has an affair with a man, AP reported, citing an excerpt from the manuscript published in Spain's La Vanguardia newspaper.
"Now they're talking about a series of episodes in which the woman turns up and has a different adventure each year," Martin reportedly said, in an email. "Obviously it makes sense and presumably Gabo really did play with it, presumably some years ago."
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The manuscript reportedly dates back to the time when Garcia Marquez was writing his last novel, "Memories of my Melancholy Whores," which was published in 2004.
In Bogota, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Tuesday delivered a speech as a tribute to the novelist who was best known for his book, “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” which won him the Nobel Prize. Colombia's government will reportedly also reveal next week the details of a $100,000 literary prize that will be given away in the author’s name every year, honoring the best short stories written in Spanish.
In Cuba, this year's Havana Film Festival will be dedicated to the late author, state news agency Prensa Latina announced.