Future unclear for unpublished manuscript by Gabriel García Márquez

BY Anya van Wagtendonk  April 23, 2014 at 1:14 PM EST
Photo by Razi Marysol Machay/Flickr

A banner outside the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City pays tribute to writer Gabriel García Márquez, who died Apr. 17. Photo by Razi Marysol Machay/Flickr

When author Gabriel García Márquez died Apr. 17, he left behind a literary legacy that launched the magical realist style, drew international attention to Latin American artists, and garnered him a Nobel Prize and the admiration of world leaders.

Now it seems one final work may be added to his oeuvre, which includes essays, short stories, and novels like “Love in the Time of Cholera” and “One Hundred Years of Solitude”: an unpublished manuscript tentatively titled “En Agosto nos vernos” (“We’ll See Each Other in August”).

García Márquez chose not to publish the work, and now his family is deciding whether to release it posthumously, said Cristobal Pera, editorial director of Penguin Random House Mexico.

Spain’s La Vanguardia newspaper printed an excerpt of the opening chapter Tuesday. It describes a middle-aged woman visiting her mother’s grave on a tropical island.

García Márquez’s last published work was 2004’s “Memories of My Melancholy Whores,” but he had largely ceased writing in his later years. He died Thursday at his home in Mexico City; he was 87.