No One Writes to the Colonel
No One Writes to the Colonel (Spanish: El coronel no tiene quien le escriba) is a novella written by the Colombian novelist and Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez. The novel, written between 1956-1957 and first published in 1961, is the story of an impoverished, retired colonel, a veteran of the Civil War, who still hopes to receive the pension he was promised some fifteen years earlier, which is assumed to him as a war veteran, but no one writes. At the same time, he maintains ties with Agustin’s friends, who clandestinely engaged in opposition activities. The colonel lives with his asthmatic wife in a small village under martial law and after the death of his son Agustin (he was killed for distributing political leaflets), they eke out a meager existence. The old man looks forward to fighting cock, who can win for them some money, in January will begin cockfights, so he feeds him, while he and his wife has nothing to eat. Don Sabas offers to sell the cock, but the colonel refuses. Colonel by having in his pocket illegal leaflets from an Agustin’s friend, gets in a police raid, and comes face to face with the man who killed his son. Before the end of the mortgage on the house is two years, the house was nearly empty of food, sold sewing machine, which yielded at least some income. But Colonel feeds cock, trains him and continues to wait for the letter. In the house there was not a crumb of food, the wife of colonel ill. He hopes the nearest boat to get a letter. Supports him that has already begun training and fighting and that his rooster has no equal. A novel about poor but proud man, who has to hide the true state of affairs to keep principles. And the trouble is that the person is soft, he can not refuse if he will be helped, and he will not make pity from others. Therefore, a colonel retains the appearance of prosperity, although sometimes in the house nothing to eat. Such a burden of colonel, in former times he...
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