The book was originally published in Spanish inwith an English translation by Edith Grossman published in October An old journalist, who has just celebrated his 90th birthday, seeks sex with a young prostitute, who is selling her virginity to help her family.
Instead of sex, he discovers love for the first time in his life. The first edition of 5, sold out within three weeks of publication,  after which it was banned, after the Ministry of Culture received complaints from Islamic conservatives who believed the novel was promoting prostitution.
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Now that he meets her he finds himself close to dying, not of old age, but rather of love. Ahora que la conoce se encuentra a punto de morir, pero no por viejo, sino de amor. Put aside the disturbing aspects of that premise. It is the end of one man -- himself. In the brothel of a picturesque town, he sees the young woman from the back, completely naked, and his life changes radically. Memoria de mis putas tristes is the story of this eccentric, solitary old man, a narrative of his sexual adventures of which there were many , for which he always paid, never imagining that this would be the way he would discover true love. On the eve of his 90th birthday, feeling the chill bite of approaching death, he decides that what he wants more than breath itself is a night of wild love with a young virgin.