Rediscover: Love in the Time of Cholera

Gabriel García Márquez's Love in the Time of Cholera makes for fitting reading in the time of coronavirus. Set in northern Colombia between 1875 and 1924, it tracks the lives of two lovers separated as teens, their divergent adult courses and a reunion in old age. In the years since its first English-language publication in 1988, Love in the Time of Cholera has become a classic, much-lauded work of literature and an Oprah book club pick. Thomas Pynchon, in the New York Times Book Review, called it "revolutionary in daring to suggest that vows of love made under a presumption of immortality--youthful idiocy, to some--may yet be honored, much later in life.... A shining and heartbreaking book." On October 27, Vintage International published a new edition of Love in the Time of Cholera ($25) with illustrations by Chilean artist Luisa Rivera and an interior design created by Gabriel García Márquez's son Gonzalo García Barcha. --Tobias Mutter

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