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Mar a (1867) is a novel by Jorge Isaacs. Partly inspired by his own life, Mar a is a moving story of romance, hope, and tragedy by a leading author of the Spanish Romantic movement. The novel was Isaacs' debut work of fiction and seemed to promise him a lengthy career in Colombian literature. As he dedicated himself to politics, however, he largely abandoned his youthful commitment to writing in favor of a more conventional career. Raised in the idyllic countryside of Valle del Cauca, Mar a and Efra n develop a love for one another that refuses to die. Forced apart by familial expectations, Efra n leaves his lover to study in Bogot , and remains in the Colombian capital for six years. Desperate to return, he leaves the city and reunites with Mar a, who waited patiently the whole time he was away. As the two begin preparing for a life together in their beautiful homeland, Efra n learns that his family has other plans for him. In a few months' time, he is expected to travel to London and enroll in medical school, guaranteeing years away from his home and his young, faithful love. As the day of his departure approaches, Efra n and Mar a attempt to recapture the simplistic joy of their youth but find themselves drifting further into doubt than ever before. Mar a is a masterpiece of Romantic literature from a talented writer who blossomed early and never managed to live up to his astounding promise. With a beautifully designed cover and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of Jorge Isaacs' Mar a is a classic of Colombian literature reimagined for modern readers.