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"Stylish, cerebral...Marías is a startling talent...His prose is ambitious, ironic, philosophical, and ultimately compassionate." --The New York Times

"One of the writers who should get the Nobel Prize is Javier Marías." --Orhan Pamuk

“His prose demonstrates an unusual blend of sophistication and accessibility.” —The New Yorker

“Marías is one of the best contemporary writers.” —J. M. Coetzee

"By far Spain's best writer today." --Roberto Bolaño

"A great writer." --Salman Rushdie

"The most subtle and gifted writer in contemporary Spanish literature." --Boston Sunday Globe

"Marías is simply astonishing." --The Times Literary Supplement 

 “Javier Marías is such an elegant, witty and persuasive writer that it is tempting simply to quote him at length.” —The Scotsman

"Marías uses language like an anatomist uses the scalpel to cut away the layers of the flesh in order to lay bare the innermost secrets of that strangest of species, the human being." --W. G. Sebald

"His prose possesses an exquisite, almost uncanny observation, recreating moments and moods in hypnotic depth." --The Telegraph

“Javier Marías is a novelist with style . . . His readers enter, through him, a strikingly and disturbingly foreign world.” —Margaret Drabble

"A supreme stylist." --The Times

"Marías writes the kind of old-fashioned speculative prose we associate with Proust and Henry James. . . .  But he also deals in violence, historical and personal, and in the movie titles, politicians, and brand-names and underwear we connect with quite a different kind of writer." --The London Review of Books

 

About the Author

Javier Marías was born in Madrid in 1951. He has published ten novels, two collections of short stories and several volumes of essays. His work has been translated into thirty-two languages and won a dazzling array of interna­tional literary awards, including the prestigious Dublin IMPAC award for A Heart So White. He is also a highly practiced translator into Spanish of English authors, including Joseph Conrad, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Thomas Browne and Laurence Sterne. He has held academic posts in Spain, the United States and in Britain, as Lecturer in Spanish Literature at Oxford University.
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Product Details

  • Series: Vintage International
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (March 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307950751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307950758
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Javier Marías is an award-winning Spanish novelist. He is also a translator and columnist, as well as the current king of Redonda. He was born in Madrid in 1951 and published his first novel at the age of nineteen. He has held academic posts in Spain, the US (he was a visiting professor at Wellesley College) and Britain, as a lecturer in Spanish Literature at Oxford University. He has been translated into 34 languages, and more than six million copies of his books have been sold worldwide. In 1997 he won the Nelly Sachs Award; the Comunidad de Madrid award in 1998; in 2000 the Grinzane Cavour Award, the Alberto Moravia Prize, and the Dublin IMPAC Award. He also won the Spanish National Translation Award in 1979 for his translation of Tristram Shandy in 1979. He was a professor at Oxford University and the Complutense of Madrid. He currently lives in Madrid.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Richard Shea on May 31, 2013
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Javier Marías should - and probably will - win the Nobel someday, and rightfully so. If you are unfamiliar with Spanish literature, as one reviewer here seems to be, or at least unfamiliar with Marías's style, then the prose will take some getting used to, in the same way as a reader must adjust to Jose Saramago or the long sentences of Proust. While "A heart so white" is slightly better, this was still a wonderful read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Oliveira on July 4, 2013
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It is common knowledge among Marías' readers that the beginnings of his novels are among the best in today's Spanish language literature. Indeed, I can only recall a few cases in which a first sentence -nothing more than that- instantly compelled me to read the rest of a novel. I guess what I am trying to suggest is that Marías is one of the few novelists in the Spanish language today whose style you would be able to recognize by just reading a first sentence. But the stylistic component is not the only compelling thing-it is also the incredible opening scenes. Tomorrow in the Battle Think on Me undoubtedly has (perhaps with the beginning of A Heart So White) the best beginning of Marías oeuvre and (I would dare say) in all contemporary Spanish literature. It is not only the first sentence, "No one ever expects that they might some day find themselves with a dead woman in their arms..." but also the first opening chapter, in which Victor, the narrator, "finds himself" with an almost unknown, dead woman in his arms. The woman, Marta, has invited him over dinner while her husband is away on a business trip. What begins as an innocent, fun evening becomes a descent to a sort of hell (maybe Dante's), and Marías grabs you from the arm and leads you from that magnificent first sentence and chapter to the very last pages with mastery and unprecedented talent. Read it, you will not regret it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carole A. Reedy on May 1, 2014
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After having read three of his novels and several short story collections and his articles in El Pais, i firmly believe javier Marias deserves the Nobel Prize
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Music n Books on May 30, 2014
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First novel I have read by Marias, but certainly will not be my last. His writing style is unusual, with very long run-on sentences which, amazingly, works beautifully. It creates an atmosphere of urgency even while meandering around tangentially. It informs the very unreliable narrator, a self-serving, sleazy writer who finds himself in a dire situation and immediately sets about to make things worse. There is a dark humor lurking in these pages as well.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LAWRENCE DICOSTANZO on January 1, 2014
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I have read just a few reviews of this book on a reading website. They mention, for example, how the book shows the poignancy of death, etc. I have a different view. That is, that this book is an entertainment, an absorbing soap opera.

The protagonist is a lecherous second-tier, freelance script writer and generally a pen for hire. The book's style reflects his trade. Although the initial death certainly took place in the book's fictional world, the book flows along slowly and repetitively like a soap opera. It lingers on the details (for example, the progression of the death). It promotes drama in the smaller spheres, like the family or domestic (e.g., the wonderfully written luncheon scene). It strikes the dull notes of bathos (e.g., the narration of the husband/widower). It involves intrigue and mental obsession (e.g., the protagonist's use of a false identity and his tale of his encounter with the prostitute). It includes the zest of voyeurism (e.g., how the false identity is assumed to allow the protagonist contact with the dead woman's father and family). All of these situations are what, in my mind, provide the reader with the drive to continue. And it is, indeed, worth the time to continue to the book's end where the husband's narration is such a delightful and, dare I say it, entertaining development.

If there is a "serious" question that the book raises, it is to what extent does soap opera reflect the actual patterns of life. That is, to what extent is soap opera true? Or, to what extent are we actors in personal dramas of our own? On the one hand, these questions are interesting and, on the other, they are trite notwithstanding. As is often the case when I read a book, however, the true interest of the book is in its story and how the story is told.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on June 13, 2014
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The title leaves a bit to be desired, but the novel is absolute perfection. For readers of literary fiction, only.
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