By Gabriel García Márquez
In 1955, García Márquez was working for El Espectador, a newspaper in Bogota, Colombia. when in February of that year, eight crew members of the Caldas, a Colombian destroyer, were washed overboard and disappeared. Ten days later one of them turned up, barely alive, on a deserted beach in northern Colombia. This book, which originally appeared as a series of newspaper articles, is García Márquez 's account of that sailor's ordeal.