Other books byJavier Marias
From the award-winning Spanish writer Javier Marías comes an extraordinary new book that has been a literary sensation around the world: an immersive, provocative novel propelled by a seemingly random murder that we come to understand—or do we?—through one woman’s ever-unfurling imagination and infatuations. At the Madrid café where she stops for breakfast each day before work, María Dolz finds herself drawn to a couple who is also there every morning. Though she can hardly explain it, observing what she imagines to be their “unblemished” life lifts her out of the doldrums of her own existence. But what begins as mere observation turns into an increasingly complicated entanglement when the man is fatally stabbed in the street. María approaches the widow to offer her condolences, and at the couple’s home she meets—and falls in love with—another man who sheds disturbing new light on the crime. As María recounts this story, we are given a murder mystery brilliantly reimagined as metaphysical enquiry, a novel that grapples with questions of love and death, guilt and obsession, chance and coincidence, how we are haunted by our losses, and above all, the slippery essence of the truth and how it is told.
A Heart So White
Winner of the IMPAC Dublin Award, and widely considered Javier Marías's masterpiece, A Heart So White is a breathtaking novel about family secrets that chronicles the relentless power of the past. Juan knows little of the interior life of his father Ranz; but when Juan marries, he begins to consider the past anew, and begins to ponder what he doesn't really want to know. Secrecy--its possible convenience, its price, and even its civility--hovers throughout the novel. A Heart So White becomes a sort of anti-detective story of human nature. Intrigue; the sins of the father; the fraudulent and the genuine; marriage and strange repetitions of violence: Marías elegantly sends shafts of inquisitory light into shadows and onto the costs of ambivalence.
Dark Back of Time
A book by Spain's greatest living writer weaves fiction and fact into a completely original and unforgettable hybrid. Called by its author a "false novel," Dark Back of Time begins with the tale of the odd effects of publishing All Souls, his witty and sardonic 1989 Oxford novel. All Souls is a book Marías swears to be fiction, but which its "characters"--the real-life dons and professors and bookshop owners who have "recognized themselves"--fiercely maintain to be a roman à clef. With the sleepy world of Oxford set into fretful motion by a world that never "existed," Dark Back of Time begins an odyssey into the nature of identity and of time. Marías weaves together autobiography, a legendary kingdom, strange ghostly literary figures, halls of mirrors, a one-eyed pilot, a curse in Havana, and a bullet lost in Mexico.
Corazon Tan Blanco
Una extraordinaria novela sobre los secretos y las sospechas que, poco a poco, van tiñendo los corazones blancos hasta que dejan de serlo Pocos meses después de su viaje de novios y sin aún haber podido, o querido, adaptarse a su cambio de estado, Juan se entera casi sin querer de que Teresa, la primera mujer de su padre, se quitó la vida al regreso de su propia luna de miel. Sólo una persona conoce el porqué y ha guardado durante años ese oscuro secreto. A partir de ese momento, el narrador sentirá un creciente malestar —un “presentimiento de desastre”— respecto a su recién inaugurado matrimonio, e intuirá que la explicación tal vez esté en el pasado y por tanto en su propio origen. Lejos de un investigador, el narrador de esta novela es todo lo contrario —un hombre que prefiere no saber, consciente de lo peligroso que resulta escuchar y de que, una vez oídas, las cosas ya no pueden olvidarse. Impresionante y conmovedora, Corazón tan blanco sutilmente desarrolla una fascinante doble acción: la del pasado misterioso y amenazante, y la del presente inestable y amenazado.