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Your Face Tomorrow: Poison, Shadow, and Farewell (Vol. 3) Hardcover – December 1, 2009
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The fear and pain that Mar as has built up for a thousand pages oozes out like oily fate. --Justin McNeil
This novel crowns Mar as's trilogy and his translator's lively English rendering of it with narrative honor. --John Spurling
Mar as's own seemingly infinite imaginings broaden and complicate the novel form illuminating the undersides of the past and its characters. --David Haglund
Like so much of Mar as's extraordinary writing, it is unforgettable. --Margaret Drabble "Books of the Year "
The fear and pain that Marias has built up for a thousand pages oozes out like oily fate. --Justin McNeil"
His most moving and personal work to date. --Megan Doll"
Your Face Tomorrow is already being compared to Proust s A la recherche du temps perdu, and rightly so. "
A seriousness of purpose, an eagerness to engage with ... metaphysical questions and to incorporate them into a gripping story. --Tess Lewis"
A literary tour de force ... as much about the past from which we are made as the present we have become. "
Like the other volumes in the sequence, Poison, Shadow and Farewell is as stealthy as any spy. --Louise Welsh"
This talented and prolific "new Proust" has completed the third book of his monumental trilogy.... The long sentences and paragraphs dear to Marias, a wordsmith translator of Sterne's Tristram Shandy as well as works by Faulkner, Conrad, and Nabokov, are a delight to navigate as the author pursues with surgical precision his relentless quest to discover what motivates the actions of his characters. Recommended. "
This novel crowns Marias's trilogy and his translator's lively English rendering of it with narrative honor. --John Spurling"
This deeply strange creation may very well be the first authentic literary masterpiece of the 21st century. --James Lasdun"
Poison, Shadow and Farewell delivers a payoff at the end, but the real challenge, and pleasure, is in getting there. --Larry Rohter"
Quite unlike anything else today . One of the finest novels of modern times. --Tim Martin"
The strange mixture of high cultural references and Jaques' essentially thriller-like story line, make for a reading experience like no other. "
The conclusion is to be reminded of the intricacy with which he has fitted his pieces into the larger part. --Colin Torre"
Here's the wonderfully parenthetical operations of a human mind in the 21st century. --Mauro Javier Cardenas"
He mediates thriller or noir scenarios through a formidably erudite and elegant and sophisticated consciousness. --Mark Ford"
Marias's own seemingly infinite imaginings broaden and complicate the novel form illuminating the undersides of the past and its characters. --David Haglund"
This brilliant trilogy must be one of the greatest novels of our age. --Antony Beevor ""Books of the Year" ""
Like so much of Marias's extraordinary writing, it is unforgettable. --Margaret Drabble "Books of the Year ""
The overall effect recalls the cerebral play of Borges, the dark humor of Pynchon, and meditative lyricism of Proust. "
By one of the most original writers at work today, Your Face Tomorrow [is] as accomplished and sui generis as all his mature work [and the] most affecting narrative feat in Marias s work to date. "
Top Customer Reviews
In Volume Three, the first-person narrator, Jaime (or Jacobo or Jacques or Iago) Deza continues his story of working in London for an unnamed section of British intelligence (MI6 or SIS). The group is engaged in "interpreting" people - observing or spying on them, often from behind one-way mirrors or by watching videotapes, and then analyzing their character and personality and predicting how they would (or will) act in certain situations in the future. (What will be thy face tomorrow?) It fits nicely with Deza's voyeuristic tendencies as he passively floats through life, and although unusual it seems to be a fairly innocuous way of making a comfortable living. In the middle of Volume Three, Deza returns to his native Madrid for a two-week visit to his estranged wife Luisa, his two children, and his elderly father. Once there, Deza, to protect his wife and children (as he sees matters), is roused from his passive mode of existence and spurred to take action of a violent form. He then returns to London to find out that one of his seemingly innocuous interpretations (of a pop/rock star!) has had violent, lethal consequences. The synchronicity of these events raises all sorts of questions about whether it is possible to chart a moral course of conduct through life.Read more ›
The story picks up first on Volume 2 and then in the last section, Farewell, ties up very subtly story lines begun in the very first volume. Section 5 of the 7, Poison, show us Tupra demonstrating to our hero, Deza, the various ways in which man can be inhuman to man. The theme here seems to be that the very act of seeing torture, murder, rape, bestial behavior of every stripe is infecting and debilitating. What it doesn't convince this reader of, is that given the prevalence of so much violent misbehavior, we have license to visit it upon one another, as Tupra did on the hapless de la Garza in Volume 2. I am also unconvinced by Deza's rather specious argument that to subscribe to Tupra's argument would make life unlivable. At the end of the book, Deza has subscribed, and is still living rather well, although we will discuss that more below.
In Section 6, Shadow, we see Deza practicing the same sort of torture on his estranged wife's boyfriend that Tupra dished out to de la Garza. And he does so without compunction. I found this most disturbing. His reasons for driving off Custardoy are self-serving and meretricious. In the final analysis, none of his business. But it leads us to some of the summarizing material in the last section of the book.
There we see the three main male figures either getting back together with their estranged wives, or explaining to Deza and us how they died.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While my boyfriend Chris had already read this in Spanish, I ordered and read this volume (and the next). Read morePublished 14 months ago by chris flanders
Sr. Marias is all about the musing. And he does so, and he does so in a manner which didn't bother me too much. Liked it, in fact. And there's much to muse on here. Read morePublished on January 5, 2014 by BronxRev
This book arrived in great shape, and I couldn't wait to read it. This series is amazing. Anyone with a brain that really enjoys reading and being transported into the life of... Read morePublished on June 8, 2013 by Marrion Irons
I have to differ with several of the reviews that have been posted on this page for Your Face Tomorrow: Poison, Shadow, and Farewell; I not only think you don't have to read the... Read morePublished on October 23, 2010 by Ron Kolm
A fitting climax to a great series. Some redundancy, which is understandable for someone who hasn't read the first 2 in the series.Published on March 15, 2010 by Donald L. Fink