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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  4,999 ratings  ·  158 reviews
Collected here are twenty-six of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's most brilliant and enchanting short stories, presented in the chronological order of their publication in Spanish from three volumes: Eyes of a Blue Dog, Big Mama's Funeral, and The Incredible and Sad Tale of lnnocent Eréndira and Her Heartless Grandmother. Combining mysticism, history, and humor, the stories in thi...more
Paperback, First Harper Perennial Modern Classics Edition, 352 pages
Published May 13th 2008 by Harper Perennial Modern Classics (first published January 1st 1976)
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Jacob
December 2009

Some possibilities:

1) I may have gone in over my head with this one. Gabriel García Márquez is quite the writer, and I probably lack the fortitude to deal with his imaginative genius. Magical realism may not be my thing, and my expectations on reading from this were unrealistic: having read and loved "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" a few years ago, my mistake was to assume the entire three-collections-in-one-volume collection would be just as simple and delightful. Perhaps Garc...more
Radwa
مجموعة قصص ماركيز القصيرة شبيهة لدرجة كبيرة برواياته حتى في إسهابها وتفاصيلها الكثيرة وطولها في حالة بعض القصص، لدرجة جعلتني أتذكر رواياته المذهلة.

وقبل تعليقي على القصص، أبدي حزني على الترجمة، على رغم كونها جيدة بعض الشئ إلا أن هناك الكثير من الأخطاء في ترجمة الكلمات لبعض القصص التي قرأتها بالانجليزية من قبل والتي أعرفها، لذلك لاحظت الكثير من الأخطاء وهذا سئ، لأن القصص جيدة فعلا!

بالعودة إلى القصص، أعجبني معظمها مثل:
"عينا كلب أزرق" وكيف أنها تدور في حلمي شخصين مختلفين على ما يبدو ويتقابلان في الح...more
Ayman Zaaqoq
عندما تقرأ لأديب عملاق مثل ماركيز فإن سقف طموحاتك يطاول السماء، لكنك تكون مهموما بعوامل أخرى كالترجمة، خصوصا وأن الروايات المكتوبة بغير الانجليزية لا تكون عادة مترجمة إلى العربية من لغتها الأم، وإنما تكون مترجمة من ترجمات أخرى وسيطة كالانجليزية و الفرنسية.
لكن هذا الكتاب مختلف، فقد اجتمعت فيه الترجمة الجيدة جدا - المباشرة و الأدبية - للمنوفي مع الأدب الأصيل الذهبي لماركيز مع غلاف جميل للفنانة فاطمة العرارجي، بالإضافة إلى طباعة جيدة و سعر زهيد للغاية.
الكتاب يضم اثنتا عشرة قصة قصيرة من الناحية الفن
...more
Rashaan
Reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez is like coming home, a home crammed with the most wondrous oddities. Birds of wild plumage. Winds that scrape against sanity. Seas that overcome and drown you. But there's not a trace of cold heart-stopping fear. Marquez's realms are Sublime.

Collected Stories is a compilation of three collections: Eyes of A Blue Dog, Big Mama's Funeral, and The Tale of Innocent Erendira and Her Heartless Grandmother. Respectively, each of these collections were originally published...more
Clark
So, first of all, I have been reading this off and on for about three years now and I finally decided about two weeks ago to give it a serious effort from the beginning. This is more than just an interesting collection of stories; it's a document of Marquez's growth as a writer. The first third of the book is frankly pretty terrible. It's filled with failed experiments in which Marquez grows closer to developing his signature magical realism, but these experiments instead come off as ghost stori...more
Fahad
القصص القصيرة الكاملة

يضم هذا الكتاب المجموعات القصصية التالية (عينا كلب أزرق)، (جنازة الأم الكبيرة)، (القصة الحزينة التي لا تصدق لإيرنديرا البريئة وجدتها القاسية) و(اثنتا عشرة قصة قصيرة مهاجرة).

افتتحت بهذا الكتاب العام الجديد، كنت آمل أن ماركيز سيمنحني دفعة جميلة، ولكن للأسف تجرعت الكتاب ببطء طيلة الشهر، لا أدري ما الذي حدث؟ هل كان مزاجي لا يتناسب مع الواقعية السحرية هذه الأيام؟ أم أن المجموعة ولأنها كتبت على مدى 34 عاماً جعلها ثقيلة، أرجح هذا الاحتمال، لأني استمتعت بالمجموعتين الأخيرتين أكثر...more
Katsumi
Dear Gabo:
In you works many impulses and traditions cross each other. Folk culture, including oral storytelling, reminiscences from old Indian culture, currents from Spanish baroque in different epochs, influences from European surrealism and other modernism are blended into a spiced and life-giving brew. From it derives material and inspiration. The violent conflicts of political nature - social and economic - raise the temperature of the intellectual climate. Your superlative writing skills a...more
Shaun
Overall this was an interesting read especially since I'm a fan of Marquez and relished seeing the evolution of his writing over time.

Though Marquez's voice was strong in the early stories, I'm not sure these more abstract attempts at magical realism represent his best work, though I suspect they served as a basis for his future writings and were a necessary step in his development as a writer. As a result, the first several stories weren't what I expected, yet still worth reading if only for t...more
Crystal
Read this one for school as we are studying "magical realism" and Gabriel Garcia Marquez is apparently the pioneer of this technique. I'm very interested to read one of his novels and probably will very soon. The short stories read like fairy tales for adults but I'm sure most of them had a deeper underlying meaning. I did really enjoy reading this collection of stories and enjoyed this much more than My Melancholy Whores.
آية  مجدي
عفوا د. علي المنوفي
رغم معرفتي الشخصية بك و بأتقانك للإسبانية، لكن ليس كل من أتقنها أجاد ترجمة ماركيز
لا أعرف ان كان إنحياز لأستاذي الروحي صالح علماني أم لا. ولكن الترجمة لا ترقى لمستوى ماركيز. فقد اختفت ملامح الواقعية السحرية في تلك الترجمة المباشرة أكثر من اللازم.
Tasneem
Sep 15, 2011 Tasneem rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tasneem by: Ayat Mahmoud
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اللعنة على الترجمة التي تسرق روح الكاتب و تحوّل عمل رائع غير مباشر لمجرد نص عادي مصفوف و مشروح جيدًا

صُدمت بشدة منذ القصة الأولى. فليس هذا ماركيز الذي أعرفه جيدًا و قرأت له بترجمة صالح علماني و محمد أبو العطا عن النص الأصلي الأسباني..

يبدو جليا في الترجمة أن علي إبراهيم منوفي - و الذي يترجم عن الإسبانية- قرأ القصص جيدًا ثم نحاها جانبا و قام بكتابة ما فهمه و المغزى و الرسالة من كل قصة. فأضاع ميزة الدهشة التي تُغلف كتابة ماريكز و غيّر في ملامح النص الأصلي و جرد ماركيز من روحه..

منذ القصة الأولى " الإ
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Shawn
"'What I like about you,' she said, 'is the serious way you make up nonsense.'" Innocent Eréndira from, "The Incredible and Sad Tale of Innocent Eréndira and Her Heartless Grandmother"

Eréndira's quote is for her lover, Ulises, but it is what every reader who has ever fallen in love with Garbriel Garcia Márquez' writing wished he or she had stated about him. For me, this quote sums up my feelings about Márquez. Whenever I pick up his texts, I prepare myself for the most serious nonsense in Litera...more
Greg Brown

This is the first I've read by Marquez and OK, I guess.


One of Marquez's themes that becomes clear over the course of these twenty-six stories is the way that the odd quickly becomes familiar, and how some things that are familiar are actually rather odd in practice. The first batch of stories, published as "Eyes of a Blue Dog" in Spanish, are insistently concerned with the limits of physical existence. The characters experience blindness, death, and other hardships tied to their bodies. Marquez

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Amber
Marquez is the David Lynch of fiction - these stories read like dreams and every one is shot through with death. Beautiful corpses, drowned travelers, silent diseases, wandering spirits, unexpected magic, elegant decay.

Once I realised that these were stories of atmosphere and were not, like Borges or Calvino, meant to give some kind of philosophical or intellectual satisfaction -- that rather, like dreams, they weave mysteries that aren't meant to be solved -- well, I liked them a bit better. St...more
Katie
Brilliant! Loved it. Will write more later.

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Collected Stories.

I loved them! I really did.

I came in with no expectations...and was hit immediately by the jarring realization that this book falls entirely outside the realm of the genre of book I have been occupying myself with thus far. In a good way. What did the bus driver call it? Enchanted realism. (I can't remember). But whatever the official term for it is...the stories are poised as if set in reality, but with hug...more
فرحان
مجموعة جميلة ورائعة ربما لم تنال بعض القصص أعجابي ولكنها مجموعة رائعة بحق فانها تمثل روئيه تامه لفكر ماركيز الروائي فهذه المجموعة كتبت على مدار 35 سنة من عام 1947 إلى عام 1982

والجميل في ذلك أنك سترى التغير والتنوع في كتابة القصص لدى ماركيز وكذلك سترى الخيال المبهر الذي يجلعني وأنا اقراء الرواية أصدق أحاديثة وخيالة خصوصا قصة الضوءكالماء فهي قصة عجيبه بحق.

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أول قصة في هذهـ المجموعة كتابها ماركيز كان عمرهـ 20 سنه.
أول ظهور لقرية ماكوندو في خيال ماركيز عام 1955
أول ظهور لريبيكا زوجة خوسية...more
Laura
This collection includes three sets of Garcia Marquez's short stories. The stories in this collection are organized in chronological order, and it's fascinating to see how his style evolves and changes over time. The first set of stories are incredibly abstract and focus mostly on the blurry line between life and death. For example, a young boy dies but his mother tends to him in his coffin as his body continues to grow until he dies again in his 20s. As the years pass, the stories begin to incl...more
abatage
Marquez has a talent for the surreal and this collection of short stories is a fine example. The first half of the collection wander through the completely bizarre landscapes of spirits and ethereal presence, while the second is far more structured and less fantastical.

There are a number of wonderful tragedies told in these stories and they are done with a caring and gentle touch. The writing doesn't shock or sensationalise the stories and instead presents them simply, leaving the shock and horr...more
Realini
I Sell Dreams by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

It is intriguing to find in a story by the master of Magical Realism real people. Pablo Neruda makes an appearance in this short story, and only that by he dreams something interesting.
He dreams about this outlandish woman who…dreams about his future.
And to return in full Magical Realism, the woman herself dreams about Neruda and his dream.
The irony of this very good story is that the woman who presumably can tell the future dies in the first lines of the s...more
Chris
Enchanting collection of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's short stories, one which let's the reader explore the evolution of his writing--as he moves toward a clear "magical realism"--over the decades. His writing isn't merely mystical, surreal, and dreamlike--those are accurate descriptors, to be sure--but for me it's more accurate to say that reading Garcia Marquez is like actually "reading a dream" instead of a book. Each individual story is a gem, from the horror story disguised as a day-in-the-life...more
Melinda
Collected Stories contains twenty six short stories divided into three sections. The stories are in chronological order of their publication. You read Gabriel Marquez from his very early days to his more seasoned tenure as a writer.

Gabriel Marquez writings as a whole clearly improves over time, this collection proves this point. The earlier stories were nothing spectacular and as the collection grows so does Marquez and his writing.

I have enjoyed Gabriel Marquez in both short stories and novel...more
Hany Adieb


قصص قصيرة متنوعة .. من مجموعات كتبها غبريال جارسيا ماركيز ..

هو له من الاسلوب العميق .. و السرد الفني المبدع ، تناول فيه مسائل مثل الحياة و الموت ، و التدين الزائف ..

Luis Bañuelos
La pura longitud de este libro hace difícil dar una calificación o reseña coherente. Ahora agrégale lo variado, en todo sentido, que tiene y se complica aún más. Originalmente iba a darle cinco estrellas, porque, como dice Goodreads, fue asombroso. Pero en honor a unas cuantas piezas mediocres al final, se va con cuatro. Hago esta reseña con mucho cariño, con lo que recuerdo de los primeros tres libros (el último lo acabo de terminar, de los otros han pasado mínimo cuatro meses), porque con ello...more
Jake
Next to Borges, Garcia Marquez is my favorite Latin American writer— at his best, he's wise and lyrical, and presents a vision of reality that's utterly unique. I'd read a few of his short novellas, like "No One Writes to the Colonel" and "Chronicle of a Death Foretold", but until now, I hadn't spent any time with his short stories. That was a major oversight— while his early stories (from "Eyes of a Blue Dog") are overwrought, the ones from "Big Mama's Funeral" and "Innocent Erendira" are excel...more
Niles Stanley
This is an excellent documentation of how and when Gabriel Garcia Marquez grew as a storyteller, and shows the development of his style in a way very few collections do for authors.

The first section, Eyes of a Blue Dog, was written while Marquez was between 19 and 26 years old, which is astounding when you begin to read them. The first section is largely experimental and idea based, and, in my opinion, very successful. The Third Resignation, about a boy who falls into a coma at the age of 7, fo...more
Rami Khrais
من الصعب تقييم كتاب من هذا النوع، لأنّه يشكّل، عبر تتبعه للقصص القصيرة التي كتبها ماركيز خلال حياته الأدبيّة الغنيّة، سجلّا لتطوّر الكاتب وأمزجته المختلفة في بلدان وعوالم سرديّة وخلفيّات متعدّدة، وهو ما تستطيع أن تلمسه في الاختلاف البيّن بين المجموعتين القصصتين الأوّلين واللتين لم أنسجم معهما بالقدر الذي انسجمت به في المجموعتين الثانيتين اللتين يقتربان من روح القص اللاتيني الذي يمزج حكايات العرّافات والأساطير مع الواقع، الأقرب للأسطورة هو الآخر، في بلاد جبال الأنديز الحارّة المناخ والقلب الجمعي...more
Sintija
Apgāda "Atēna" izdoto Gabriela Garsijas Markesa krājumu "Neticamais un skumjais stāsts par tiklo Erēndiru un viņas cietsirdīgo vecmāmiņu" veido septiņi maģiskā reālisma caurstrāvoti stāsti, kuri tapuši sešdesmitajos un septiņdesmitajos gados. Tēli darbojas eksotiskā telpā, tie lidinās starp dabas stihijām tāpat kā starp murgiem un realitāti, piemēram, skumjā Erēndira savas vecmāmiņas cietsirdīgo pavēļu "ieeļļota" savā kustībā bezgalīgos mājas darbus dara miegā. Viņu mājas ir pelnu trauslas. Tāpa...more
Alexander Veee
"The angel was the only one who took no part in his own act... His only supernatural virtue seemed to be patience. Especially during the first days, when the hens pecked at him, searching for the stellar parasites that proliferated in his wings, and the cripples pulled out feathers to touch their defective parts with, and even the most merciful threw stones at him, trying to get him to rise so they could see him standing. The only time they succeeded in arousing him was when they burned his side...more
Kayla
It goes without saying that Márquez is one of the most prolific writers of our time, but I'll say it anyway because I don't think it can ever be said enough. Of his works, all of which are incredibly astounding in my view, I found his Collected Stories to be a particularly special treat because it allows for us to delve into Márquez's wild imagination not once, but twenty-six times. This book of his most acclaimed short stories includes Márquez's most fantastical, other worldly tales, including...more
Cecily Erker
This is one of the most difficult things I have ever read; it took me almost a month to get through it. I was at the library trying to find a copy of 100 Years of Solitude but they didn't have one, so I checked out this collection of his early short stories. His earliest writings are sometimes so abstract as to be obnoxious and once he uses the gimmick of writing a short story in one long sentence with hundreds of commas, but it was probably through these writings and his early experimentation w...more
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(Arabic: جابرييل جارسيا ماركيز)

Gabriel José de la Concordia Garcí­a Márquez was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist. Garcí­a Márquez, familiarly known as "Gabo" in his native country, was considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century. In 1982, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

He studied at the University of Bogotá and late worked a...more
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“انسحب "غابرييل غارسيا ماركيز" من الحياة الاجتماعية، لأسباب صحية . فقد أصيب بسرطان في الغدد الليمفاوية ويبدو أن حالته في تدهور مستمر...
قام ماركيز بإرسال خطاب الوداع هذا إلى أصدقائه، الذي انتشر على شبكة الإنترنت انتشاراً واسعاً. والكلمات مؤثرة للغاية تلمح من خلفها حكمة إنسان وكاتب كبير


] قال ماركيز فيه :

:
> لو وهبني الله حياة أطول لكان من المحتمل ألا أقول كل ما أفكر فيه، لكنني بالقطع كنت سأفكر في كل ما أقوله.

> كنت سأقيّم الأشياء ليس وفقاً لقيمتها المادية، بل وفقاً لما تنطوي عليه من معان.

> كنت سأنام أقلّ، وأحلم أكثر في كل دقيقة نغمض فيها عيوننا نفقد ستين ثانية من النور ، كنت سأسير بينما يتوقف الآخرون . أظل يقظاً بينما يخلد آخرون للنوم ، كنت سأستمع بينما يتكلم الآخرون . كنت سأستمتع بآيس كريم لذيذ بطعم الشكولاتة .

> لو أن الله أهداني بعض الوقت لأعيشه كنت سأرتدي البسيط من الثياب ، كنت سأتمدد في الشمس تاركاً جسدي مكشوفاً بل وروحي أيضاً .

> يا إلهي ... لو أن لي قليلاً من الوقت لكنت كتبت بعضاً مني على الجليد وانتظرت شروق الشمس .

> كنت سأرسم على النجوم قصيدة 'بنيدتي' وأحلام 'فان كوخ' كنت سأنشد أغنية من أغاني 'سرات' أهديها للقمر ، لرويت الزهر بدمعي ، كي أشعر بألم أشواكه ، وبقبلات أوراقه القرمزية .

> يا إلهي ... إذا كان مقدراً لي أن أعيش وقتاً أطول، لما تركت يوماً واحد يمر دون أن أقول للناس أنني أحبهم ، أحبهم جميعاً ، لما تركت رجلاً واحداً أو امرأة إلا وأقنعته أنه المفضل عندي ، كنت عشت عاشقاً للحب .

> كنت سأثبت لكل البشر أنهم مخطئون لو ظنوا أنهم يتوقفون عن الحب عندما يتقدمون في السن ، في حين أنهم في الحقيقة لا يتقدمون في السن إلا عندما يتوقفون عن الحب .

> كنت سأمنح الطفل الصغير أجنحة وأتركه يتعلم وحده الطيران كنت سأجعل المسنين يدركون أن تقدم العمر ليس هو الذي يجعلنا نموت بل : الموت الحقيقي هو النسيان .

> كم من الأشياء تعلمتها منك أيها الإنسان ، تعلمت أننا جميعا نريد أن نعيش في قمة الجبل ، دون أن ندرك أن السعادة الحقيقية تكمن في تسلق هذا الجبل ، تعلمت أنه حين يفتح الطفل المولود كفه لأول مرة تظل كف والده تعانق كفه إلى الأبد ، تعلمت أنه ليس من حق الإنسان أن ينظر إلى الآخر ،

> من أعلى إلى أسفل ، إلا إذا كان يساعده على النهوض ، تعلمت منك هذه الأشياء الكثيرة ، لكنها للأسف لن تفيدني لأني عندما تعلمتها كنت أحتضر .

عبر عما تشعر به دائماً ، افعل ما تفكر فيه.. لو كنت أعرف أن هذه ستكون المرة الأخيرة التي أراك فيها نائماً ، لكنت احتضنتك بقوة ، ولطلبت من الله أن يجعلني حارساً لروحك.

> لو كنت أعرف أن ”
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“They did not even have to clean off his face to know that the dead man was a stranger. The village was made up of only twenty-odd wooden houses that had stone courtyards with no flowers and which were spread about on the end of a desert-like cape. There was so little land that mothers always went about with the fear that the wind would carry off their children and the few dead that the years had caused among them had to be thrown off the cliffs. But the sea was calm and bountiful and all the men fitted into seven boats. So when they found the drowned man they simply had to look at one another to see that they were all there.” 4 likes
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