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García Márquez, Gabriel
TWO DRAFTS OF AN EARLY SHORT STORY, "ROSAS ARTIFICIALES"
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309
García Márquez, Gabriel
TWO DRAFTS OF AN EARLY SHORT STORY, "ROSAS ARTIFICIALES"
Estimate
40,00060,000
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García Márquez, Gabriel
TWO DRAFTS OF AN EARLY SHORT STORY, "ROSAS ARTIFICIALES"
Together, 2 typed manuscripts with additions, deletions, and corrections in ink: the first draft, 6 pp. (11 x 7 5/8 in.; 279 x 193 mm); the second, 7 pp. (12 1/4 x 7 5/8 in.; 311 x 193 mm), n.p., late 1950's; both lightly tanned, but in good condition. Houses in custom-made quarter buckram album, title stamped in blind on upper cover. Clamshell case.
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Catalogue Note

TWO CORRECTED DRAFTS OFFERING INSIGHT INTO GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ'S WORKING METHODS.

"Rosas Artificiales" was written in the late 1950's, most likely in Caracas, where García Márquez was living and working as a journalist.  It was published in Mexico City in 1962 in Los Funerales de la Mamá Grande, his third short story collection. 

The two present typescript versions vary from one another and from the published story in several ways. For example, the main character's name starts off as "Claudia" in the 6-page version of the story, but is changed to "Mina" for the second draft and the published story. The initial version begins with the brief opening sentence, "Claudia saltó de la cama al segundo toque para misa." In the second version, this is combined with the second sentence and expanded to "Moviéndose a tientas en la penumbra del amanecer, Mina se puso el vestido sin mangas que la noche anteriour había colgado junto a la cama, y revolvió el baul en busca de las mangas postizas." In addition, lines of dialogue present in the first version have been excised from the second version.

The short story unfolds mostly through a conversation between Mina, who has missed early morning mass and who makes and sells artificial roses, and her blind grandmother. Mina has been jilted by a lover and has thrown his letters down the hole in the outhouse.  She tries to hide this from the grandmother, who sees everything despite her blindness.  The story ends in bitterness on both sides.

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