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ISBN: 9781101911914
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Published: Vintage - November 14th, 2017

Javier Marias is an acquired taste, but once you’re on board there’s no getting off the Marias express.  (Literally, the sentences and paragraphs are too labyrinthian to pause once you’ve begun.)  Still building an audience in the US, but considered a master in Europe and a good bet each Fall for a Nobel Prize by English bookmakers, the Spanish author’s latest is a study from afar of a bad marriage, repressed memories and the legacy of the hidden crimes of the Spanish Civil War BUT IT DOESN’T MATTER - you’re reading Marias for the improvisational quality of his sentences and the relentlessness with which he drills down to the depths of the his character’s motivations.  His hypnotic Proustian digressions prove that with great literature the journey is more important than the destination.  -Scott