Javier Marias - Author

About the Author

Javier Marias has published thirteen novels, two collections of short stories and several volumes of essays. His work has been translated into forty-two languages and won a dazzling array of international literary awards. Margaret Jull Costa has been a literary translator for over twenty-five years and has translated many novels and short stories by Portuguese, Spanish and Latin American writers, including Javier Marias, Fernando Pessoa, Jose Saramago, Bernardo Atxaga and Ramon del Valle-Inclan.

Featured books by Javier Marias

The Infatuations

The Infatuations

Author: Javier Marias Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/02/2014

The Infatuations is a critically acclaimed novel by the great Spanish writer Javier Marias. Every day, Maria Dolz stops for breakfast at the same cafe. And every day she enjoys watching a handsome couple who follow the same routine. Then one day they aren't there, and she feels obscurely bereft. It is only later, when she comes across a newspaper photograph of the man, lying stabbed in the street, his shirt half off, that she discovers who the couple are. Some time afterwards, when the woman returns to the cafe with her children, who are then collected by a different man, and Maria approaches her to offer her condolences, an entanglement begins which sheds new light on this apparently random, pointless death. With The Infatuations, Javier Marias brilliantly reimagines the murder novel as a metaphysical enquiry, addressing existential questions of life, death, love and morality. Praise for The Infatuations: Mesmerising...chillingly clear and hypnotically eerie...At this very fine and disturbing novel's core is a compelling meditation on love in all its ramifications . (Herald). Keeps us guessing until almost the last page . (Financial Times). Few writers have sustained such an engagement with the classic (Anglophone) canon. As a translator he has rendered into Spanish work by Hardy, Yeats, Conrad, Nabokov, Faulkner, Updike, Salinger and many others. As a novelist, he has threaded his work with traces of these writers, and is explicitly underpinned by an empathy with Shakespeare and Sterne, as well as Cervantes and Proust . (Guardian). Javier Marias was born in Madrid in 1951. He has published thirteen novels, two collections of short stories and several volumes of essays. His work has been translated into forty-two languages and won a dazzling array of international literary awards. Margaret Jull Costa has been a literary translator for over twenty-five years and has translated many novels and short stories by Portuguese, Spanish and Latin American writers, including Javier Marias, Fernando Pessoa, Jose Saramago, Bernardo Atxaga and Ramon del Valle-Inclan.

Other books by Javier Marias

Between Eternities and Other Writings

Between Eternities and Other Writings

Author: Javier Marias Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/10/2018

'A Marias sentence is a place of infinite richness and surprises, full of fascinating byways and glimpses of a distant landscape that hoves into view and then fades away' Independent 'No one else, anywhere, is writing quite like this' Daily Telegraph A new and exhilarating collection of writings from the author ofThe Infatuations andA Heart So White Internationally renowned writer Javier Marias is a tireless examiner of the world around us, an enthusiastic debunker of pretensions of every kind, and a true polymath. This new collection of essays shows the full extent of his curiosity and wit, ranging from the literary to the philosophical to the autobiographical, from football to cinema, comic books to mortality to 'Why Almost No One Can Be Trusted'. Trenchant and wry, subversive and penetrating, Marias demonstrates a dazzling intellectual vigour, showing with exhilarating verve why he is so often said to be Spain's greatest living writer.

Berta Isla

Berta Isla

Author: Javier Marias Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/10/2018

A thrilling new literary offering from the acclaimed author of The Infatuations and A Heart So White 'For a while, she wasn't sure that her husband was her husband. Sometimes she thought he was, and sometimes not...' Berta Isla and Tomas Nevinson meet in Madrid. They are both very young and quickly decide to spend their lives together - never suspecting that they will grow to be total strangers, both living living under the shadow of disappearances. Tomas, half-Spanish and half-English, has an extraordinary gift for languages and accents. Leaving Berta to study at Oxford, he catches the interest of a certain government agency, and its mysterious agent, Bertram Tupra. But Tomas resists the call of fate - until one, foolish day he makes an avoidable mistake - setting in motion events that will affect the rest of his life and that of his beloved Berta. Finishing his time at Oxford, he returns to Madrid to marry her, already knowing the life they planned has been lost forever. Darkly gripping, Berta Isla is a story about a relationship condemned to secrecy and concealment, to pretence and conjecture, to resentment mingled with loyalty. With meticulous insight and understanding of the human soul, Marias examines the urge to change our destiny, and the hopeless exiles we bring upon ourselves.

Berta Isla

Berta Isla

Author: Javier Marias Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2018

'The most subtle and gifted writer in contemporary Spanish literature' Boston Globe 'Marias has discovered a unique form' Adam Thirlwell, TLS 'No one else, anywhere, is writing quite like this' Daily Telegraph A thrilling new literary offering from the acclaimed author of The Infatuationsand A Heart So White 'For a while, she wasn't sure that her husband was her husband. Sometimes she thought he was, and sometimes not...' Berta Isla and Tomas Nevinson meet in Madrid. Young and in love, they quickly decide to spend their lives together - never suspecting that they will grow to be total strangers, both living under the shadow of disappearances. Tomas, half-Spanish and half-English, has an extraordinary gift for languages and accents. Leaving Berta to study at Oxford, he catches the interest of a certain government agency, and its mysterious agent, Bertram Tupra. But Tomas resists the call of fate - until one foolish day he makes an avoidable mistake - setting in motion events that will affect the rest of his life, and that of his beloved Berta. Finishing his time at Oxford, he returns to Madrid to marry her, already knowing that the life they planned has been lost forever. Darkly gripping, Berta Isla examines a relationship condemned to secrecy and concealment, to pretence and conjecture, to resentment mingled with loyalty. With meticulous insight and understanding of the human soul, Marias examines the urge to change our destiny, and the hopeless exile we bring upon ourselves.

Your Face Tomorrow, Volume 3 Poison, Shadow and Farewell

Your Face Tomorrow, Volume 3 Poison, Shadow and Farewell

Author: Javier Marias Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2018

'Your Face Tomorrow is already being compared with Proust and rightly so' Observer 'One of contemporary literature's major works ... you have to open this book' Ali Smith The concluding part in Javier Marias' spy trilogy masterwork Jacques Deza is back in London and once again working for the secret intelligence agency run by Bertram Tupra. Deza finds himself forced to watch Tupra's collection of incriminating videotapes of important public figures. The recordings document unconventional private lives - and horrific acts. The scenes enter him like a poison, contaminating everything good, yet he is powerless to counteract them. Set against a background of brutality, Poison, Shadow and Farewell asks whether violence can ever be justified and completes the extraordinary journey that has led us on a descent into hell and a re-emergence, not entirely unscathed, into life.

Madame du Deffand and the Idiots

Madame du Deffand and the Idiots

Author: Javier Marias Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/02/2018

'She was bored and fought against her boredom, which only bored her still more.' Five sparkling, irreverent brief portraits of famous literary figures (including libertines, eccentrics and rogues) from Spain's greatest living writer. Penguin Modern: fifty new books celebrating the pioneering spirit of the iconic Penguin Modern Classics series, with each one offering a concentrated hit of its contemporary, international flavour. Here are authors ranging from Kathy Acker to James Baldwin, Truman Capote to Stanislaw Lem and George Orwell to Shirley Jackson; essays radical and inspiring; poems moving and disturbing; stories surreal and fabulous; taking us from the deep South to modern Japan, New York's underground scene to the farthest reaches of outer space.

Your Face Tomorrow, Volume 2 Dance and Dream

Your Face Tomorrow, Volume 2 Dance and Dream

Author: Javier Marias Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/01/2018

'Unquestionably the most significant Spanish writer of his generation ... Your Face Tomorrow is rich, haunting, intriguing' Observer 'This trilogy must be one of the greatest novels of our age' Antony Beevor 'Fear is the greatest force that exists, as long as you can adapt to it' Jacques Deza has been recruited into an undercover spy network by the inscrutable Bertram Tupra. But when he is forced to witness an act of horrifying brutality in a night-club, he finds himself falling apart, haunted by his own memories of the bloodshed of the Spanish Civil War. As Deza tries to disentangle himself from an increasingly disturbing world, the second volume in Javier Marias' magnificent trilogy explores violence, corruption and what we are capable of. Translated by Margaret Jull Costa

Your Face Tomorrow, Volume 1 Fever and Spear

Your Face Tomorrow, Volume 1 Fever and Spear

Author: Javier Marias Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/01/2018

'Your Face Tomorrow is already being compared with Proust and rightly so' Observer 'One of contemporary literature's major works ... you have to open this book' Ali Smith 'I am myself my own fever and pain' Jacques Deza has been told he has a gift: he can see through people; guess just from their faces what will become of them. When he encounters the enigmatic Bertram Tupra at a party, Deza is persuaded to join a mysterious underground group. His task: to observe an assortment of people - politicians, celebrities, seemingly ordinary citizens - and predict their next move. But where will Deza's descent into this twilight world eventually take him? The first part of Javier Marias' masterly trilogy asks how well we truly know and understand those around us. Translated by Margaret Jull Costa

Between Eternities and Other Writings

Between Eternities and Other Writings

Author: Javier Marias Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/11/2017

A new and exhilarating collection of writings from the author of The Infatuations and A Heart So White Internationally renowned writer Javier Marias is a tireless examiner of the world around us, an enthusiastic debunker of pretensions of every kind, and a true polymath. This new collection of essays shows the full extent of his curiosity and wit, ranging from the literary to the philosophical to the autobiographical, from football to cinema, comic books to mortality to 'Why Almost No One Can Be Trusted'. Trenchant and wry, subversive and penetrating, Marias demonstrates a dazzling intellectual vigour, showing with exhilarating verve why he is so often said to be Spain's greatest living writer.

Between Eternities and Other Writings

Between Eternities and Other Writings

Author: Javier Marias Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/11/2017

A new and exhilarating collection of writings from the author of The Infatuations and A Heart So White Internationally renowned writer Javier Marias is a tireless examiner of the world around us, an enthusiastic debunker of pretensions of every kind, and a true polymath. This new collection of essays shows the full extent of his curiosity and wit, ranging from the literary to the philosophical to the autobiographical, from football to cinema, comic books to mortality to 'Why Almost No One Can Be Trusted'. Trenchant and wry, subversive and penetrating, Marias demonstrates a dazzling intellectual vigour, showing with exhilarating verve why he is so often said to be Spain's greatest living writer.

Geschriebenes Leben

Geschriebenes Leben

Author: Javier Marias Format: eBook Release Date: 26/10/2017

Eine amusante Reise mit JAVIER MARIAS durch die Weltliteratur in 26 Autorenportrats.Wurde nicht jeder gern erfahren, was hinter den groen Schriftstellern steckt? Javier Marias erlaubt uns in 26 kurzweiligen Portrats von Faulkner bis Rimbaud, von Mishima bis Thomas Mann, von Isak Dinesen bis Emily Bronte einen vieldeutigen Blick hinter die Kulissen. Wir erfahren Intimstes und Erstaunliches uber all die Helden der Literatur, die genauso bedurftig sind wie wir alle, manchmal ausgestattet mit einer ausgewachsenen Trunksucht, Eifersucht oder anderen menschlichen Schwachen.

Corazon Tan Blanco

Corazon Tan Blanco

Author: Javier Marias Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2017

Enamoramientos, Los

Enamoramientos, Los

Author: Javier Marias Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2017

Asi Empieza Lo Malo

Asi Empieza Lo Malo

Author: Javier Marias Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2017

Thus Bad Begins

Thus Bad Begins

Author: Javier Marias Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/03/2017

Award-winning author Javier Marias weaves a darkly thrilling tale of love, betrayal and lives played out in the unhappy shadow of history As a young man, Juan de Vere takes a job that will haunt him for the rest of his life. Hi employer is Eduardo Muriel: a famous film director, sophisticated and discreet. Muriel's wife Beatriz is a soft, ripe woman who slips through her husband's home like an unwanted ghost, finding solace in other beds. And on the periphery of their lives stands Dr Jorge Van Vechten, a old family friend with a shadowy past. Juan enters eagerly into Muriel's world of glamour and prestige, but as time passes he is troubled by many questions that seem to have no answer. Why does Muriel hate Beatriz? How did Beatriz meet Van Vechten? And what happened in the chaotic years after the war? As Juan learns more about his employers, his own innocence begins to fall away. Though he starts off as a mere observer, he is soon unable to stand on the side lines, compelled to interfere ever more dangerously in the dark interior of other people's lives. Marias presents a study of the infinitely permeable boundaries between private and public selves, between observer and participant, between the deceptions we suffer from others and those we enact upon ourselves. 'No one else, anywhere, is writing quite like this' Daily Telegraph on The Infatuations

Venice, An Interior

Venice, An Interior

Author: Javier Marias Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/11/2016

An essential companion for every traveller to Venice, this is the hidden city revealed in a gorgeous non-fiction account by one of Europe's greatest living writers, Javier Marias Century after century, the essence of Venice is unchanging. It is a place of contradictions, equal parts glamour and chaos. As a young man, Javier Marias made the city his home; since then he has left and returned many times, drawn back to its labyrinth of blind alleys, its pearly green canals, its imagined spaces. His love affair with the city has lasted over thirty years - he has traced every inch of its endless interior, has lived among the Venetians and lived apart from them. In Venice, An Interior, Marias sets out to uncover the heart of this strange and enchanting place.

Keine Liebe mehr

Keine Liebe mehr

Author: Javier Marias Format: eBook Release Date: 27/10/2016

Ein von einer afrikanischen Lanze durchbohrtes Paar, eine Pornoschauspielerin, ein Butler, der in einem New Yorker Aufzug stecken bleibt - mysteriose Arzte, wollustige Ehefrauen, Bodyguards und Gespenster, das sind die Helden in JAVIER MARIAS' Erzahlungen, die einem abwechselnd den Atem nehmen, einen in schallendes Lachen ausbrechen oder uber die ein oder andere Lebensweisheit nachdenken lassen. "e;Keine Liebe mehr"e; vereint endlich Marias' gesammelte Erzahlungen: neue und bereits erschienene.

Der Gefuhlsmensch

Der Gefuhlsmensch

Author: Javier Marias Format: eBook Release Date: 25/08/2016

Ein Opernsanger sitzt im Zug nach Madrid, dort soll er den Otello singen. In seinem Abteil sitzen die ratselhafte Natalia Manur und deren Ehemann, ein Despot und Banker. Mit von der Partie ist auch Dato, der Natalia die Zeit vertreiben soll, wahrend ihr Mann seinen Bankgeschaften nachgeht. Am Ende aber vertreibt der Opernsanger Natalia die Zeit, und nicht nur das, die beiden verlieben sich unsterblich ineinander und Natalia verlasst ihren Ehemann, der sich daraufhin erschiet. Bereits in seinem fruhen Werk zeigt Javier Marias, mit welch meisterhaften Kunstgriffen er den Leser zu faszinieren vermag.

Written Lives

Written Lives

Author: Javier Marias Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/03/2016

In these short, capricious and irreverent portraits of twenty-six great writers, from Joyce to Nabokov, Sterne to Wilde, Javier Marias, winner of the Dublin IMPAC prize and author of the bestselling A Heart So White, throws unexpected, and very human, light on authors too often enshrined in the halo of artistic sainthood. Revealing that Conrad actually hated sailing and Emily Bronte was so tough she was known as 'The Major', among many other stories of eccentricity, drunkenness and even murder, this joyful book uses unusual angles and peculiar details to illuminate writers' lives in a new way. Javier Marias 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 practised 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.

Schwarzer Rucken der Zeit

Schwarzer Rucken der Zeit

Author: Javier Marias Format: eBook Release Date: 10/12/2015

Als 1991 der Campusroman Alle Seelen erschien, in dem Marias seine Zeit an der Oxforder Universitat beschreibt, beschwerten sich Professoren und andere Kollegen, falsch oder gar nicht dargestellt worden zu sein. Daraufhin schrieb Javier Marias das Buch Schwarzer Rucken der Zeit, eine Art Werkstattbericht. Und wahrend wir Marias noch beim Schreiben uber die Schulter schauen, sind wir schon mittendrin in einem faszinierenden Vexierspiel von Dichtung und Wahrheit. Wenn wir anfangen, unser Leben zu erzahlen, ist es schon Fiktion. Das ist die wunderbare Schwebe, in der uns der aufregendste Erzahler Spaniens halt.

Boses Blut oder Mit Elvis in Mexiko

Boses Blut oder Mit Elvis in Mexiko

Author: Javier Marias Format: eBook Release Date: 24/09/2015

Marias meets Elvis: Eine witzige Begegenung zweier WeltstarsElvis dreht einen Film in Acapulco, und weil der Spanier Marias alias Roy Berry zur selben Zeit in der Nahe weilt, wird er angeheuert, Elvis Spanisch beizubringen bzw. die wenigen Worte wie "e;muchas muchachas bonitas"e;, die der beruhmte Sanger sagen muss, Spanisch klingen zu lassen. Als die Filmcrew in einer Bar landet und um die Aufmerksamkeit der hubschen Sherry oder Terry buhlt kommt es zu einer Schlagerei. Zwischen Fausten und Messern versucht Roy zu schlichten. Aber am Ende wird der Spanier fur die wild gewordenen Mexikaner selbst zur Zielscheibe und rennt um sein Leben.

So fangt das Schlimme an

So fangt das Schlimme an

Author: Javier Marias Format: eBook Release Date: 24/09/2015

Der groe spanische Bestseller-Autor Javier Marias in seinem Roman "e;So fangt das Schlimme an"e; in Hochstform - Liebe, Leidenschaft und ein ratselhafter Todesfall.Welches Geheimnis verbirgt sich hinter der unglucklichen Ehe von Eduardo und Beatriz? Auch Juan, Freund und engster Vertrauter der beiden, kennt die Wahrheit nicht. Als er Beatriz' Geliebter wird, ubersturzen sich erschutternde Ereignisse. Jahre spater schaut Juan zuruck auf die Turbulenzen dieser Zeit, als Spaniens Demokratie ihren Anfang nahm, das Leben pulsierte, das Verlangen nach Freiheit, Sex und Drogen unendlich war. Juan erkennt: Wenn wir uns der Vergangenheit nicht stellen, wird alles Leben aus der Luge kommen.Javier Marias ist ein erbarmungsloser Kenner der menschlichen Herzen, ihrer dunklen Seiten und verborgenen Winkel. Ein uberwaltigendes Meisterwerk.

Infatuations

Infatuations

Author: Javier Marias Format: eBook Release Date: 13/08/2013

From the award-winning Spanish writer Javier Maras 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 understandor do we?through one woman's ever-unfurling imagination and infatuations. At the Madrid cafe where she stops for breakfast each day before work, Mara 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. Mara approaches the widow to offer her condolences, and at the couple's home she meetsand falls in love withanother man who sheds disturbing new light on the crime. As Mara 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.

When I Was Mortal

When I Was Mortal

Author: Javier Marias Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/01/2013

In the dark narratives that make up When I Was Mortal by Javier Marias, winner of the Dublin IMPAC prize and author of the bestselling A Heart So White, a dapper Paris doctor dispenses a treatment for dissatisfied wives. A mother auditions for her first porn movie. A writer working on a study of pain makes himself the subject of his experiments. A voyeur mistakes a murderer for a fellow peeping tom ... these are some of the characters observed by the narrator of these chilling stories. Ironic, unsettling, imbued with dread and with droll humour, Javier Marias' short tales cast a shrewd, sardonic eye on humanity. Javier Marias 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 practised 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.

Dark Back of Time

Dark Back of Time

Author: Javier Marias Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/01/2013

Dark Back of Time is a compelling story of the way in which reality blurs into fiction by Javier Marias, whose highly-anticipated new novel The Infatuations is published in 2013. It is translated by Esther Allen in Penguin Modern Classics. 'We lose everything because everything remains except us', says the mysterious narrator of this extraordinary novel, which meditates on the transience, chance and fragility of life. As a man called Javier Marias recalls the strange events and people that shaped his past, including ghostly literary figures, a pilot, an adventurer, a brother who died as a child and the king of an island in the Caribbean, we begin to question the nature of time, memory and reality itself. Here the writer is both a keeper of memories and a purveyor of illusions, destined to be lost in the dark back of time. Javier Marias 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 practised translator into Spanish of English authors, including Joseph Conrad, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Thomas Browne and Laurence Sterne. 'I was enthralled by his strange mix of made-up memories, lost experiences and real-life fantasies' Marina Warner, Guardian 'He uses language like an anatomist uses a scalpel to lay bare the innermost secrets of that strangest of species, the human being' W. G. Sebald, author of Austerlitz

Morgen in der Schlacht

Morgen in der Schlacht

Author: Javier Marias Format: eBook Release Date: 26/09/2012

Gleich nach Marias' Weltbestseller Mein Herz so wei wurde auch Morgen in der Schlacht denk an mich ein Riesenerfolg, zurecht, auch dieser Roman ist hochst auergewohnlich: Marta und Victor kennen sich kaum. Marta ist noch nicht 33 Jahre alt und verheiratet. Sie hat einen Ehemann und einen zwei Jahre alten Sohn. Victor ist Drehbuchschreiber fur das Fernsehen und Ghostwriter, aber eher erfolglos. Als Martas Mann fur ein paar Tage nach London verreist, ladt Marta Victor in ihre Wohnung ein. Sie sind noch nicht ganz entkleidet, da stirbt sie unerwartet in seinen Armen. Ein grausamer, unerklarlicher, ein lacherlicher Tod. Unfahig, irgendetwas zu tun, flieht Victor. Aber vor dem Leben kann man nicht fliehen und noch weiniger vor dem Tod. Ein typischer Marias: spannend, leidenschaftlich, mitreiend.

Alle Seelen

Alle Seelen

Author: Javier Marias Format: eBook Release Date: 26/09/2012

Der spanische Bestsellerautor hat Anfang der achtziger Jahre fur zwei Jahre in Oxford gelebt und am All Souls College Spanische Literatur und Ubersetzen unterrichtet. Seine Erfahrungen des englischen Wissenschaftsbetriebs und seine Beobachtungen der Egomanen, Spinner und Genies flieen in den Roman Alle Seelen ein. Der Roman ist ein komisches Panoptikum schrulliger Figuren, seltsamer Gepflogenheiten und verstaubter Universitatsrituale. Vor diesem Hintergrund verliebt sich der Ich-Erzahler in die verheiratete Dozentin und Kollegin Clare Bayes. Die beiden sind voneinander fasziniert, wissen aber, dass sie in unterschiedlichen Welten leben, und es keine gemeinsame geben wird. Ein Campusroman voller Witz, Ironie und kluger Gedanken.

All Souls

All Souls

Author: Javier Marias Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/08/2012

All Souls is a compelling black comedy of Oxford life by Javier Marias, whose highly-anticipated new novel The Infatuations is published in 2013. This Penguin Modern Classics edition features a new Introduction by John Banville, author of The Sea. The pretty young tutor Clare Bayes attracts many eyes at an Oxford college dinner, not least those of a visiting Spanish lecturer (desperate to escape his conversation with an obese economist about an eighteenth-century cider tax). As they begin an affair, meeting in hotel bedrooms away from the eyes of Clare's husband, the Spaniard finds himself increasingly drawn into the strange world of Oxford, 'one of the cities in the world where the least work gets done', in a story of lust, loneliness, vanity and memory. Filled with brilliant set pieces and pin-sharp observation, All Souls is a masterpiece of black humour.

A Heart so White

A Heart so White

Author: Javier Marias Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/08/2012

A Heart so White is the breathtaking international bestseller and IMPAC Award-winning masterpiece by Javier Marias, whose highly-anticipated new novel The Infatuations is published in 2013. This Penguin Modern Classics edition features a new Introduction by Jonathan Coe. A Heart so White begins as, In the middle of a family lunch Teresa, just married, goes to the bathroom, unbuttons her blouse and shoots herself in the heart. What made her kill herself immediately after her honeymoon? Years later, this mystery fascinates the young newlywed Juan, whose father was married to Teresa before he married Juan's mother. As Juan edges closer to the truth, he begins to question his own relationships, and whether he really wants to know what happened. Haunting and unsettling, A Heart So White is a breathtaking portrayal of two generations, two marriages, the relentless power of the past and the terrible price of knowledge.

Tomorrow in the Battle Think on Me

Tomorrow in the Battle Think on Me

Author: Javier Marias Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/08/2012

Tomorrow in the Battle Think on Me is a gripping and moving meditation on the hold that the dead have over the living, by Javier Marias, whose highly-anticipated new novel The Infatuations is published in 2013. Victor, a ghostwriter, is just about to have an affair with Marta, a married woman, when - in the bedroom, half-undressed - she drops dead in his arms. He panics and slips away. But Marta's family are all too aware that she was not alone when she died, and Dean, the widowed husband, is determined to find out who was sharing her bed that night. Victor, accustomed to a life of pretending, finds that he cannot live in the shadows forever.

The Man of Feeling

The Man of Feeling

Author: Javier Marias Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/08/2012

The Man of Feeling is a story of love and memory by Javier Marias, whose highly-anticipated new novel The Infatuations is published in 2013. On a train journey from Paris to Madrid a young opera singer becomes fascinated by those in his compartment: a middle-aged businessman, his alluring wife and their male travelling companion. Soon his life of constant travel, luxury hotels, rehearsal and performance will become entangled with these three people, and the singer will find himself fatefully consumed by Natalia's beauty. The Man of Feeling is the haunting story of the birth and death of a passion, told in retrospect. Intricately interweaving desire and memory, it explores the nature of love, and asks whether we can ever truly recall something that no longer exists.

Mein Herz so wei

Mein Herz so wei

Author: Javier Marias Format: eBook Release Date: 05/04/2012

Erbarmungslos und genau untersucht Javier Marias in seinem internationalen Bestseller Mein Herz so wei die Macht uneingestandener Vergangenheit. Fur Juan, der als Dolmetscher standig zwischen New York, Genf und Madrid pendelt, ist das Leben seines Vaters ein ungelostes Ratsel. Als er selbst heiratet, stellt er sich dem, was er nicht wissen will: Direkt nach der Hochzeitsreise seines Vaters erhob sich seine erste Frau vom Tisch, nahm eine Pistole und erschoss sich im Badezimmer. Spater heiratete der Witwer ihre Schwester, Juans Mutter.Der Roman zeigt Javier Marias als Meisterdetektiv des menschlichen Herzens, seiner dunklen Seiten und verborgenen Winkel. Verschwiegenheit kann bequem sein, aber sie fordert ihren Preis. Die Scharfe seiner Beobachtungen und die Eleganz seines Stils machen den Roman zu einem Klassiker der Moderne."e;Dies ist ein Meisterwerk, ein ganz groes Meisterwerk."e;Marcel Reich-Ranicki

Die sterblich Verliebten

Die sterblich Verliebten

Author: Javier Marias Format: eBook Release Date: 23/02/2012

"e;Endlich zeigt groe Literatur wieder ihr wahres Gesicht"e;, schreibt begeistert die Presse. Wie in seinem Welterfolg Mein Herz so wei uberzeugt Javier Marias durch fesselnde Spannung und unerwartete Wendungen, keiner kennt die verborgenen Winkel der Herzen so gut wie er. Dies hat ihn beruhmt gemacht. - Madrid, ein Cafe: Jeden Morgen beobachtet Maria das perfekte Paar Luisa und Miguel. Sie ist gefangen von der zartlichen Aufmerksamkeit der Liebenden. Doch dann geschieht etwas Schreckliches, und Maria gerat in einen Irrgarten aus Ahnungen und Verdachtigungen. Sie kennt die Liebe, sie kennt den Tod, aber kennt sie auch die Wahrheit.

Bad Nature, or With Elvis in Mexico

Bad Nature, or With Elvis in Mexico

Author: Javier Marias Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/02/2010

The Man of Feeling

The Man of Feeling

Author: Javier Marias Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/03/2007

When I Was Mortal

When I Was Mortal

Author: Javier Marias Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/06/2001

A collection of twelve stories which tackle several genres, such as the satirical ghost story of the title, a grisly tale of murder at the racetrack, and a surprising insight into the life of a porn movie star.

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