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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  7,563 ratings  ·  445 reviews
In Barcelona, an aging Brazilian prostitute trains her dog to weep at the grave she has chosen for herself. In Vienna, a woman parlays her gift for seeing the future into a fortunetelling position with a wealthy family. In Geneva, an ambulance driver and his wife take in the lonely, apparently dying ex-President of a Caribbean country, only to discover that his political a ...more
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Published November 14th 2006 by Vintage (first published January 1st 1988)
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Jan 07, 2014 Rhys rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of magic realism
A truly superb short story collection. I love the short stories of Marquez and his later pieces are even better than his earlier tales. This book features twelve stories written between 1976 and 1982. The first story, 'Bon Voyage, Mr President', states the general theme of those that follow: Latin American citizens adrift (or trapped) in Europe.

Some of the stories are more fantastical than others. Two of the best are also two of the most kafkaesque: 'I Only Came to Use the Phone' and 'The Trail
Los doce cuentos que conforman este volumen fueron escritos algunos en los setenta y otros en los ochenta del siglo pasado, y reescritos, veinte años después, «en ocho meses febriles», como explica Gabriel García Márquez en el prólogo, imprescindible como pocos, por cierto.

Todos los cuentos hablan de un mundo que para los lectores del siglo XXI es lejano; un mundo en que estaba permitido fumar en los transportes públicos, donde se vendían pájaros en las Ramblas y donde convivíamos con la añorad
Read this during my rabid Garcia Marquez consumption of last year and it's one of the only short story collections that I actually enjoyed. Usually, I can't get into short stories, I always find the character development lacking and then just can't relate, plus I always feel cheated at the end on the occasions that I did enjoy the story because I want more. But, I think that Gabriel Garcia Marquez is simply so good at storytelling he can wrap the whole story up in a tiny package and have it sta ...more
Marquez remains a great writer. While not every story in this bundle is equally enjoyable, they all show great mastery and the ability to draw interesting characters in a few lines, a feat in which some writers don't succeed in a whole book.

The Dutch translation that I read, had a horrible title. The poetical Spanish title (Doce Cuentos Peregrinos, Twelve Pilgrim Stories) fitted exactly, because there are 12 stories, the rough drafts have traveled with Marquez to the different places where he li
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Jul 29, 2013 Jenny (Reading Envy) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Karen A.
This was one of the books that had been on my to-read list the longest, and I chose it for my most recent speed-dating project. I was originally going to count it for my Around the World challenge, and still kind of am, but it doesn't take place in just one country. Quite the opposite, each story takes place in a different European country, often with displaced Latin Americans as characters.

It just isn't surprising that these stories come from the same author as Memories of My Melancholy Whores,
Sep 08, 2011 Tasneem rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every one :)
Shelves: 2011, frndz-gifts, own-it

إنه ماركيز الذي أوتي من السحر خيرًا كثيرا..

يبدع ماركيز في الحكي كما لو أنه خُلق فقط ليحكي.. يحكي عن كل شيء بأريحية تامة تُصيب المتلقي بدهشة فائقة. فبرغم أن هذا الكتاب ما هو إلا مجموعة قصصية أضاعها ماركيز ذات مرة و قرر إذفجأتن أن يستعيدها - و فعل - إلا أنها ليست كالقصص القصيرة التي يكتبها كتّاب الروايات.

فماركيز يحكي القصة القصيرة كما لو أنها مهنته الوحيدة. يكتبها بالتفاصيل الصغيرة و بخط السرد الملتف و ينهيها بدهشة عظيمة تتسبب لك في شهقة. تلك الدهشة التي تفتقر إليها القصص القصيرة للروائيين.

يحكي ال
Aceste 12 povestiri ilustreaza perfectiunea textului marquezian. Nicio fraza pierduta in text, nicio infloritura fara rost, niciun detaliu inutil, nicio virgula pusa gresit. Este si datorita "calatoriei" pe care aceste povestiri superbe au parcurs-o de la momentul nasterii ideii pana la publicare, un drum destul de lung si anevoios, care a redus cele cateva zeci de povestiri la doar aceastea douasprazece.

Tema povestirilor este moartea. Aceasta finalitate este sugerata deseori inca din titlu, ia
Христо Блажев
“Дванайсет странстващи разказа” по Маркес:

Да постранствуваме. Тук, наблизо, зад една твърда корица с оснежени капки кръв по нея. Изтекъл е един живот, попил е сред струпаните замръзнали студенини (всяка от които с уникална форма!), но това е далеч в края, като за завършек. Преди тази бавна смърт пък е върхът, поне за мен – покоряващият разказ “Светлината е като водата”, в който наистина се удавих, а беше тъмно около мен. Само сиянието, идещо от нощната ла
Natasha Castillo
Te hace soñar. Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez tiene el arte de contar cuentos y dejarnos queriendo más. Este libro tiene originales historias llenas de pasión y sensibilidad, muy buenas y variadas que producen una agradable sensación al leerlas, es totalmente recomendable para aquellos que buscan una entretenida lectura. Realmente están narrados de una forma exquisita, es un libro que no tiene página alguna de desperdicio.

El escribió el libro de cuentos que siempre quiso escribir, y yo leí el libro de
William Daza
Quería leer un labro de Garcia Marquez antes de que se termine este año, y mi padre me recomendó este.
Hay muchos comentarios sobre este autor, a muchos les gusta, a otros no tanto, pero me arriesgue y puedo decir que me enamore de este libro. Los doce cuentos son simplemente hermosos, son cortos, sencillos, nada del otro mundo, pero con una escritura y una narrativa digna de una figura literaria excepcional.
Nada difícil de entender, con un lenguaje coloquial, y junto con ello demostrando el tal
Like Márquez always, the definitive definition of “splendid.”

He made a note of something in the prologue, though, that caught my interest: on the decades he worked on these stories, on how they unexpectedly drove him with just as much frustration as work on a novel:

“The effort involved in writing a short story is as intense as beginning a novel, where everything must be defined in the first paragraph: structure, tone, style, rhythm, length, and sometimes even the personality of a character. Al
حجيج غرباء- عبارة عن مجموعة قصصية تتكون من 12 قصة قصيرة.
7 قصص منها لم تعجبني , و 3 قصص أعجبتني كثيرا, ولعلها هي التي شفعت للكتاب فقيمته بـ3/5

القصص التي أعجبتني :

"الحسناء النائمة والطائرة" قصة قصيرة جدا تقع في 10 صفحات. جميلة جدا, تبدأ عندما رآها في المطار مرورا بجلوسه بجانبها في الطائرة ..حتى إنتهاء الرحلة.

"أتيت كي أستخدم الهاتف فقط" آه ماذا فعلت بي هذه القصة ! قصة مخيفة و مثيرة للأعصاب, أعجبتني كثيرا.

"أثر دمك في الثلج" كانت آخر قصة في الكتاب ..وكما يقولون "ختامها مسك" :) , أحببتها .. وكدت أنسى
Strange Pilgrims is a collection of short stories that Gabriel Garcia Marquez had rattling around his brain. The stories hardly carry the heft and magic of his novels, but some of them are quite striking. "I Only Came to Use the Phone" and "The Trail of Your Blood in the Snow" are both haunting stories about husbands searching for wives who have suddenly disappeared. In the former, the wife has been mistakenly locked in a mental hospital whose bureaucracies and catch-22s prevent her from leaving ...more
Arakah Mushaweh
اثنا عشر قصة مترعة بالموت .. ربما أخطأتُ حين اخترتُ موعد قراءتها في هذا الوقت .. لكن موتاً واحداً منها لم يكن يشبه عُشرَ موتٍ في الحقيقة هذه الأيام "سورية" ..
عموماً .. مع ماركيز تستطيع أن تكون قارئاً محتالاً إذ يكفيك أن تقرأ بداية القصة ونهايتها لتعرف الفكرة العامة .. لكن ذلك سيحرمك من متعة الخوض في التفاصيل التي لايجيد عرضها أحدٌ مثل ماركيز .. الإبداع الأكبر كان في تشابه الفكرة المركزية لكل القصص واختلاف كل قصة من القصص اختلافاً كبيراً .. القصص رائعة لكنها لا تستحق أكثر من أربع نجمات .. أنصحكم
¿Por qué doce, por qué cuentos y por qué peregrinos? El mismo García Márquez hace la pregunta. Cuentos que se formularon durante su vida como escritor, cuentos que soñó, cuentos que se le escaparon de los labios incluso antes de llevar al papel. Cuentos simples, fantásticos, tiernos o escalofriantes. Historias que viven sólo los peregrinos que buscan su lugar en el mundo.

Favoritos: "Sólo vine para hablar por teléfono", "Tu rastro de sangre en la nieve" y "El avión de la bella durmiente."
Hace poco me enteré de que en la mayoría de las escuelas de Canadá y EUA prácticamente no se enseña literatura latinoamericana. Después leo este libro y lo único que puedo sentir es pena por todas aquellas personas que no han estado en contacto (y probablemente, nunca lo estarán) con maravillas como ésta. No hay mucho que se pueda decir de García Márquez que no suene trillado: el señor es maravilloso. Si bien ha tenido algunos "faux pas" (como todos los autores), definitivamente me alegro de que ...more
Кремена Михайлова
Не при всеки автор харесвам разкази, в които има едно лутане, едно неслучване… Поне два бяха такива, че и повече – едно бавно стигане до края, който може да се каже, че е по-ярък от пътуването към него. Но на мен с носенето на действието на една педя над земята в целия разказ ми беше комфортно (при писането думичката разказ беше с грешки, но се получи много интересно „разкъс“ – някои наистина са “раз-къс“:)).

Любими: "Дойдох само да се обадя по телефона" и "Следата от кръвта ти по снега". Симпат
I have only read "100 Years...", which is beyond a doubt a true masterpiece.

Here, some stories seem irregular. Thats about all I can find as detriment to this clever collection of short (some EXTREMELY so) stories. They all have several things in common: the protagonists are Latinoamericanos in olde Europa. The settings pan around the continent from Madrid to the Spanish coast, London, France, Italia... etc. The prose is good enough to inspire one to fly over there post haste... everything just
After the short story "The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World," which has been an enchanting but brief introduction to Marquez, _Strange Pilgrims_ is my first real encounter with his writing, which is a steady-handed mix of precision and warmth. His story-telling is urbane, evoking a 20th century past nether-world in which what for a sub-urban American is strangeness (the migrating pain of an ousted president-in-exile, the weightless body of a saint, a woman who makes a living by selling her dr ...more
Gabriel Garcia Marquez is undoubtedly one of the greatest writers of the last 100 years, and probably of all time. He is the king of magical realism, and writes with a beauty and deftness that leaves the reader almost breathless. This fantastic(al) coherent set of short stories, while not necessarily the happiest of collections, is absolutely fascinating and entrancing. Usually, with a collection of short stories, you find at least one that you're at least somewhat disappointed with. Not so with ...more
Latifa Alasfour

صافحت ماركيز للمرة الأولى خلال هذه المجموعة القصصية. لابد وأنه عالم عجيب، مليء بالقصص والأحداث الغرائبية، أؤكد لروحي بأنني وبلا شك دخلت أفقا جديد ومحطة سرد جديدة، ماركيز دافئ رغم جفافه وواقعيته، يؤمن بالأبراج كثيرا على ما أعتقد، ويظن أن النهاية لابد أن تأتي بسيطة لتغلق فم الدهشة براحة.
كل ما في الأمر هو أنني حين بدأت القراءة كنت بحاجة لشيء يرتفع بقلبي وحسي، يلون مخيلتي التي أصابتها الهشاشة قليلا، يرطب لساني بتعابير حالمة ورقيقة، لكن ماركيز أتى صريحا وواضحا وحقيقي، كنت كما لو أنني أستمع لقصة ما غ
Beautiful book. I particularly enjoyed The Trail of Your Blood in the Snow and "I Only Came to Use the Phone" . I think this book is quite witty, because it makes you fall in love with the characters before you even realize it, and then you can't really stop reading. Every character has been draw, with such tenderness and humanity, you start thinking they might be your neighbors, or that you would love them as friends. The Trail of Your Blood in the Snow is exceptional, because it speaks of a lo ...more
Me ha gustado esta recopilación de cuentos. De media hay que reconocer el estilo soberbio de todos ellos y la fuerza de sus personajes, si bien no todos los relatos me han causado la misma impresión.

El denominador común de las historias es el protagonismo por parte de ciudadanos latinos que viven o que acaban en distintas ciudades europeas, y se suele hacer referencia a su modo de vida o al viaje que les llevó a cambiar su domicilio.

Resumiré únicamente los cinco cuentos que más me han gustado:

По себе си съдя, че когато е налично свръхестественото, действителността остава по-назад, защото ни е добре позната, недостатъчно вълнуваща. Но с прекрасния си поетичен език, Маркес създава готическа атмосфера, добавя тъмни сенки и няколко капки магия, а преживяванията на героите си ситуира тъкмо в центъра, акцентира върху тях.
Nina Rapsodia
Jun 21, 2014 Nina Rapsodia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Todo el mundo
Recommended to Nina by: Nadie
Shelves: 2014, no-propios

Un libro de relatos cae bastante bien de vez en cuando. Como se podrá notar leo bastantes pocos libros de este tipo, pero cuando lo hago salgo bastante bien parada. Este maravilloso libro fue escrito por Gabriel García Márquez cuando vivía en Barcelona en los años setenta y ochenta. En un sencillo y cercano prólogo Gabo nos cuenta como estos cuentos pasaron a ser más de doce, como algunos jamás fueron editados y luego olvidados, y como al final de un largo trasegar en los años de reescrituras
There is a revealing admission in the author's prologue that introduces this book; Marquez speaks about how, in writing these dozen stories about Latin American travelers in great European cities, he took great pains to precisely capture the moods that accompanied Paris, Barcelona, Rome, etc. After finishing the stories-- but before publishing them-- he revisited those cities, and was shocked to find that they were nothing at all like what he remembered from earlier visits. This liberated him to ...more
Eric Hinkle
This collection of short stories, written in the 70s and 80s, is almost as compelling as his early stories. The plots and characters are always fascinating, and the events can be rather unexpected. His prose is descriptive and unique, yet never too wordy. In just a page or two, Garcia Marquez can already have you caring about the characters, and he does that again and again with these 12 stories. They're all about pilgrims - people from Latin America who have found themselves across the Atlantic ...more
Mashael Alamri
لذيذة قصصه يصنع من ( الخرافة ) حكايات تشد أنفاسنا حتى آخرها , وتكون كأسطورة حديثة ستعيش قروناً قادمة , قصصه القصيرة مختلفه كلياً ربما أنها قال عنها قصص طارت بين سلة المهملات والمجلات حتى قض عليها ونشرها متلبسة بالجمال :)

كتبه فخ حقيقي ننتهي منها ونفكر بعدها زمناً كيف لنا أن نبطلَ مفعول قصصه على عقولنا وكيف تتبخر راحتها من اناملنا؟ , حتى أنني لا أستسيغ بعدها كتاباً آخر بسهولة لأنني لا أزال أتلبس أسلوبه , كنت بعد أن أنهيت القصص المهاجرة أركز في قسماة وجوه البعض في إشارات المرور وفي المقاهي أرقب
My least fave of his works ...
The usual quirky characters with supernatural vibes but the stories were a little bit too short and random for me
Cuentos breves y no tan breves, amargos, realistas aunque reñidos con la realidad por sus dosis de fantasía. Algunos cuentos emanan algo del perfume de Matute, pero sin llegar a ser tan descarnados. Perfecto.
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