García Márquez Back at Work on New Novel

By Green Point,  Newser User
Posted Dec 10, 2008 3:40 PM CST
Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez wave to fans during the International Book Fair in Guadalajara, Mexico, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007.   (AP Photo/Guillermo Arias)
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(Newser) – Two years after announcing that he had given up writing, Gabriel García Márquez is at work on a new novel, says a close friend. Fellow writer Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza confirmed rumors that the Nobel Prize-winning 82-year-old is working on a love story, the Guardian reports.

García Márquez was challenged by his own high standards, according to Apuleyo, who says Colombia’s master of magical realism has written four versions of the novel and is “now trying to get the best from each of them.” “People notice if you haven't put your heart into it,” said Garcia Márquez. No publication date has been announced.