Marquez ‘will not write another novel’

LAST UPDATED AT 13:45 ON Thu 2 Apr 2009

Hopes that Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian-born author of One Hundred Years of Solitude, was set to publish one last novel appear to have been dashed by his agent, who has suggested that her client has laid down his pen for good.
 
Carmen Balcells told a Chilean newspaper that the pioneer of the literary school of Magical Realism, and winner of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1982, is unlikely to write again, despite reports last year that he was close to finishing a new novel.
 
La Tercera newspaper reports Balcells as saying: "I don't think that Garcia Marquez will write anything else." The paper also quotes Gerald Martin, the author's biographer, who says he too doubts that anything new will be published.
 
The 82-year-old author's last published work was Memoirs of My Melancholy Whores, which came out five years ago to mixed reviews, and last year he told fans he was losing his enthusiasm for writing. "With all the practice I've got, I'd have no problems writing a new novel," he explained. "But people notice if you haven't put your heart into it."
 
Disappointed readers will have to hold on to the hope offered by one man – his fellow Colombian and friend Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza who claimed in December that Marquez definitely was working on a new novel. "He has four versions of it," he said. "He told me that he was now trying to get the best from each of them." · 

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