Una muchedumbre de mujeres libres enriquecieron hasta el delirio las viejas cantinas de la calle Ancha, que fuera después el camellón Abello y ahora es el paseo Colón, en esta ciudad de mi alma tan apreciada de propios y ajenos por la buena índole de su gente y la pureza de su luz. (Garcia Marquez, Memorias de mis putas tristes)

Translation (Grossman):
A crowd of free women enriched to the point of delirium the old taverns along Calle Anche, which later was known as Camellَn Abello, and now is called Paseo Colَn, in this city of my soul loved so much by both natives and outsiders for the good character of its people and the purity of its light.

I do not seem to be able to understand what the author means by "esta ciudad de mi alma" or "this city of my soul".

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"Esta ciudad de mi alma", in Spanish language, means that is like the first love you had when you were young. You love the city so so so much and you can't live without it.

The traduction "this city of my soul" doesn't correspond with the spanish expression.

Did you understand me?

  • Thank you, I guess I got you. So, do you think the translation "city of my soul" is not a good equivalent? Oct 30, 2016 at 19:17
  • I think so. I think the best equivalent is... "My beloved city", maybe? Oct 30, 2016 at 19:19
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    Carlos: welcome to Spanish Language! Thanks for all your posts today. Note I removed the greetings, since we want to keep the post as succint as possible and to go to the point. You can also take a look at the tour to learn more about the site. Thanks and see you around.
    – fedorqui
    Oct 30, 2016 at 19:19
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    @JasonStack correct. A feeling equivalent to that. Oct 30, 2016 at 19:23
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    @CarlosVázquezLosada do not worry at all. It is not that is not allowed, it is just that it is discouraged and we want things to look as good as possible :) Thanks for your understanding!
    – fedorqui
    Oct 30, 2016 at 19:23

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