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Re: [rohrpost] A man says farewell (fwd)
Anja Pratschke on 6 Nov 2000 21:37:28 -0000


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Re: [rohrpost] A man says farewell (fwd)


Hello,
About your e-mail, which I sended to some friends here in Brazil,
I got some answers concluding that this letter is a fake:


"I had already received this mail a while ago, and also one from a Colombian
friend who checked it out, only to discover that this is one of those
internet
frauds, and Marquez has entirely disowned authorship of  this text being
disseminated on the net....."

More information on Los Angeles Times :
http://sports.latimes.com/news/20000601/null/990601.5281.html

Thanks, Anja Pratschke
ICMC-USP

Reinhold Grether wrote:

> A man says farewell...
>
> translation by Rafael Jesus Gonzalez
>
> Gabriel Garcia Marquez has retired from public life for reasons of
>
> health: lymphatic cancer. Now it seems that he grows ever more ill. He
>
> has sent a letter of farewell to his friends, and thanks to the
>
> Internet, it is being diffused:
>
> "If God for an instant would forget that I am a cloth marionette and
>
> would give me a piece of life, possibly I would not say all that I
>
> think, but I would think all that I say. I would give value to all
>
> things, and for what they are worth, but for what they mean. I would
>
> sleep little, dream more; I understand that for each minute that we
>
> close the eyes, we lose sixty seconds of light. I would walk when others
>
> pause, wake when others sleep. I would listen when others talk, and how
>
> I enjoy a good chocolate ice-cream! If God would give me a piece of
>
> life, I would dress simply, throw myself face-down, leaving bare, not
>
> only my body but my soul. My God, if I had a heart, I would write my
>
> hate on ice and wait for the sun to rise. I would paint a dream of Van
>
> Gogh on the stars, a poem of Benedetti s and a song of Serrat s; it
>
> would be the serenade I would offer to the moon.
>
> I would water the roses with my tears so I could feel the pain of their
>
> thorns, the incarnate kiss of their petals... My God, if I had a piece
>
> of life I would not let a single day pass by without telling the people
>
> I love that I love them.
>
> I would convince each woman or man that they are my favorites and I
>
> would live in love with love. I would prove to the men how mistaken they
>
> are to think that they stop falling in love when they grow old, without
>
> knowing that they grow old when they stop falling in love.
>
> I would give wings to a child, but I would let him learn to fly by
>
> himself. I would teach the old that death comes not with age, bur with
>
> forgetfulness. I have learned so much from you, humanity I have learned
>
> that everyone wants to live on the top of the mountain, without knowing
>
> that true happiness lies in the way of climbing the slope.
>
> I have learned that when a new-born grasps with his small fist the
>
> finger of his father for the first time, he has him trapped forever. I
>
> have learned that a man has the right to look down upon another only
>
> when he is to help him to rise. They are so many, the things that I have
>
> been able to learn from you, but really they will not help me much,
>
> because when they put me in that suitcase, unfortunately, I will be
>
> dying."
>
> Gabriel Garcia Marquez
>
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