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Garbriel García Márquez has been ill-served by his sons

Posthumously published against the author’s wishes, Until August should not detract from Marquez’s best work – but it would have been better left as a curiosity in the archives

23 March 2024

9:00 AM

23 March 2024

9:00 AM

Until August Gabriel García Márquez

Penguin, pp.128, 16.99

I blame Kafka. When he died in 1924, the vast majority of his imaginative work remained unpublished, including three novels and a substantial number of remarkable short stories. He left instructions, however, for Max Brod, his literary executor, that all his unpublished work should be destroyed. Brod ignored this, and brought some classics of German literature into print after the author’s death.

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