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September 14, 2004

Blogger's Second Language Skills Lead to Scoop

by Ron Hogan

C. Max Magee of The Millions had a routine question about Gabriel Garcia Marquez's memoirs, but when he went online to do the research, he found out about a new novel. Or novella, really, from the description offered of Memorias de Mis Putas Tristes, which probably won't be called "Memories of My Sad Whores" when it eventually hits English-speaking shores.

Also noted: Marquez is known affectionately throughout the southern hemisphere as "Gabo," which is bringing back not entirely unwelcome "Krusty Gets Kancelled" flashbacks.


Good point about the title. In the States they'll probably say "women" instead of "whores." But your remark made me wonder if there are any examples of America toning down the titles of foreign books for PC purposes? I would bet that there probably are.

Posted by: Max at September 14, 2004 05:59 PM

I was actually thinking they'd change the title entirely, as "Memories of My Sad Whores" doesn't have nearly the amount of flair in English as it does in Spanish. "Memories of My Sad Women" isn't much better, either.

Posted by: editor at September 15, 2004 10:16 AM
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