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Selamat Jalan, Tuan Presiden

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This small volume contains four compelling stories of displacement, love and death taken from Strange Pilgrims (1993): 'Bon Voyage, Mr President', 'Sleeping Beauty and the Airplane', 'I Only Came to Use the Phone' and 'Light Is Like Water'.
Paperback, 99 pages
Published March 1999 by Bentang (first published September 1st 1995)
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A short book of four short stories. I liked the main one, Bon Voyage Mr President. It’s quite a straightforward story, with none of the magical realism for which Marquez is known. The dying ex-president of a Caribbean nation is in Geneva, seeing doctors about a mysterious ailment. A man from his home nation recognises him and invites him to his house, with the initial intention of making money out of him by selling him funeral services (the man is an ambulance driver and makes extra money workin...more
Sleeping beauty and The Airplane by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
“My mistress eyes are nothing like the sun”

While waiting at the Charles de Gaulle airport, on the way to the “jungle” of New York, the narrator has a vision:
“This was the most beautiful woman I have ever seen…
An apparition…
She was dressed with subtle taste”
There are only beautiful words to describe this seemingly wonderful woman.
Our hero is asking this strange woman:
- Do you believe in love at first sight?
- Of course, the other kinds are...more
Paul Bard
Don't you hate it when you're two pages into the title story and you realize that it is sublime?

You take a deep breath and prepare to read the whole thing through. You may as well: it won't let you go until you have. And you know, of course, the intense emotions of this short sublime piece will add in some indefinable way to your experience of the world. Sublimity is rare, and genius fleeting, and Marquez a rare and exquisite pleasure to read. You may as well enjoy it.

But it's a strange story,...more
I found it quite poignant to read this collection of four stories by Marquez a few days after his passing. His texts brim with the energy and absurdity of life, which makes his short stories stand out from the many others in the Penguin 60s series. In 'Bon voyage, Mr President', dealing with the medical travails of an ousted Latin American president, power and the relationships between different levels of society are investigated on a disarmingly human scale. Power relations also come into play...more
Carlos Daniel Marchio
Quiero hacer una aclaración: el libro que he leído es "Doce Cuentos Peregrinos". Al no haberlo hallado aquí en GR marqué éste, que posee algunos cuentos de los que en él se incluyen.
Los mejores, a mi juicio:
- "Solo vine a hablar por teléfono"
- El rastro de tu sangre en la nieve
- La santa
Miss Karen Jean Martinson
Beautiful. I think short stories work better for the particular prose of Marquez; the stories end long before we grow habituated to the magical metaphors explored through them.
First of all, just wanted to say my edition was 245 pages long, so that made it difficult to me when updating my goodreads status.
Also, my book was called "Doce Cuentos Peregrinos" (Twelve Pilgrim Tales) and they were written between 1975-1980. Some of them were really short (only three pages long) and some were a bit longer, but fun to read anyways. A common point for all of them was the fact that ALL the tales took place in European countries. The characters from the stories weren't European,...more
I think I also bought this book at a Goodwill in Connecticut right before I left, a really short collection of short stories, like fifty pages long. One is about an exiled president who is sick, another is about a woman accidently checked into an insane asylum, then there's one about boys sailing on light, and finally a story about the author staring at a beautiful woman during a long flight. The first and longest story, about the president, is kind of like "Oh, that was it?" But it wasn't bad.....more
Saman Kashi
كتاب‌شناسي گابريل گارسيا ماركز

• طوفان برگ
• ساعت نحس، احمد گلشيري
• صد سال تنهایی، به اسپانیایی Cien años de soledad) بهمن فرزانه

• پاییز پدرسالار، حسين مهري
• کسی به سرهنگ نامه نمی‌نویسد، احمد گلشیری
• پرندگان مرده، احمد گلشيري
• زائران غریب مجموعه داستان کوتاه، همچنین با عنوان ده داستان سرگردان

• ماجرای ارندیرا و مادربزرگ سنگدل‌اش مجموعه داستان کوتاه، بهمن فرزانه

• سفر پنهانی میگل لیتین به شیلی
• از عشق و ديگر اهريمنان، احمد گلشيري
• عشق سال‌های وبا هرمز عبداللهی
• خانه بزرگ
• گزارش يك آدم ربايي
• زنده‌ام...more
*diselesaikan langsung tadi pagi saat di toilet*

di halaman terakhir buku, ditulis bahwa kisah2 ini diambil dari strange pilgrims.
buku ini hanya berisi 4 kisah. dan tiap tema kisahnya bagi saya menarik. terutama dua kisah terakhir yang saya sukai. aku hanya datang untuk memakai telepon dan cahaya itu seperti air
Sucks. Read 100 Years of Solitude and really liked it. The 4 stories are: Bon Voyage, Mr President; Sleeping Beauty and the Airplane; 'I Only Came to Use the Phone'; Light is Like Water. The first three felt totally pointless. Only the last was at all worthwhile, and the only of the 4 to contain magical realism. PASS!
بجز داستان "خداحافظ آقای رئیس جمهور" بقیه داستانها پررنگ و عمیق و دقیق نبودند و بیشتر به نظر من شبیه داستان پردازی های اولیه و نسبتا خام یک نویسنده بودند. مثلا بحث هایی شبیه به تقدیر و وقایع باورنکردنی و غیرقابل توجیه زیاد داشتند ولی این یک داستان در این مجموعه فوق العاده بود. واقعا فوق العاده بود
Unfortunately I just could not get into this short story. Being a short story, I pushed through and finished, but did not feel a sense of satisfaction upon completion. Not to say it is a poorly written story, I just was not interested or connected to the characters.
Ding, emm.
Cerita Maria itu yang..ah...jadi serem. Masa sekejam itu?
nyari edisi terjemahan inggris dulu deh, gak sampe hati mo dilanjutin :(
*takut malah bunuh diri jadinya*


mau dibaca bareng lita mulai senin :D
dapet dari roos & gieb
Terjemahannya mengerikan. Aku yakin empat cerpen dalam buku ini bagus, tp penerjemah menghancurkannya dgn sadis.
aku baca edisi Indonesianya, "Selamat Tinggal, Tuan Presiden dan Cerita Lainnya". Penerbitnya Bentang Budaya.
این رمان مارکز توسط احمد گلشیری ترجمه و در سال 1373 توسط انتشارات نگاه چاپ و منتشر شده است.
Teguh Affandi
Bukunya tipis tapi dalam banget
beneran musti cari edisi bahasa inggrisnya nih.
Lida Ghahremanlou
فقط در رمان نمی شود قلمش را شناخت....
Sabiq Carebesth more president,-
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