Javier Marías

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Thus Bad Begins


In Thus Bad Begins, prize-winning author Javier Marias examines a household living in the unhappy shadow of history, and explores the cruel, tender punishments we exact on those we love As a young man, Juan de Vere takes a job that will haunt him for the rest of his life. Eduardo Muriel is a famous film director - urbane, discreet, irreproachable - an irresistible idol to a young man. 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 all their lives stands Dr Jorge Van Vechten, a shadowy family friend implicated in unsavoury rumours that Muriel cannot bear to pursue himself - rumours he asks Juan to investigate instead. But as Juan draws closer to the truth, he uncovers more questions, ones his employer has not asked and would rather not answer. Why does Muriel hate Beatriz? How did Beatriz meet Van Vechten? And what happened during the war? As Juan learns more about his employers, he begins to understand the conflicting pulls of desire, power and guilt that govern their lives - and his own. 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
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Mein Herz so weiß


Mein Herz so weiß
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Thus Bad Begins


Award-winning author Javier Marías weaves a darkly thrilling tale of love, betrayal and lives played out in the unhappy shadow of historyAs 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
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Your Face Tomorrow, Volume 1 - Fever and Spear


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
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Your Face Tomorrow, Volume 3 - Poison, Shadow and Farewell


'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 SmithThe concluding part in Javier Marias' spy trilogy masterworkJacques 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.
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Černá záda času


Co se stane, když román, který spisovatel napsal, vstoupí autorovi zpětně do života a fikce začne vytvářet svou vlastní skutečnost? Tato paradoxní situace je východiskem románu Černá záda času, v němž Javier Marías tentokrát vystupuje zároveň jako vypravě
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Keď som bol smrteľný


Javier Marías (1951) je jeden z najvýznamnejších a najprekladanejších španielskych spisovateľov. Dvanásť poviedok zbierky Keď som bol smrteľný ponúka čitateľovi možnosť nazrieť do tajných zákutí ľudskej mysle, odhaľovať jemné, no pritom hrôzostrašné nitky zločinov a pozrieť sa na náš svet „z druhého sveta“, keď máme možnosť vidieť všetko inak, kompletne. Javier Marías je dôsledný štylista, v jeho textoch je napätie, irónia, čierny humor a veľmi šikovne dávkovaný prídel hrôzy a strachu nielen z toho, čo nevieme, ale aj z toho, čo sme sa nechtiac dozvedeli.
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Madame du Deffand and the Idiots


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Your Face Tomorrow, Volume 2 - Dance and Dream


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
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Vzpomínej na mě zítra po bitvě


Javier Marías (nar. 1951) patří k největším objevům nastupující spisovatelské generace ve Španělsku. Vycházet začal v polovině 80. let a mezinárodní věhlas mu přinesly dva romány z 90. let. Román Vzpomínej na mě zítra při bitvě vtáhne čtenáře do děje již první větou. Na pozadí napínavého příběhu autor rozebírá takové aspekty lidského života jako možnost volby, roli náhody, zaměnitelnost lidí a rolí, jež hrají navzájem ve svých osudech. Má velký pozorovací talent, pokud jde o chování a vztahy lidí, a výjimečný dar jazyka, umocněný zkušeností lingvisty a překladatale. Název je citátem z Richarda III., který se opakuje jako hlavní motiv. Vzpomínej na mě zítra při bitvě, říká duch královny Anny Richardovi. V Maríasově románu se jedná o ženu, která zemře, když se chystá k nevěře s málo známým mužem. Téměř neznámý milenec se tak ocitá v podivné situaci, musí řešit spoustu otázek: Co s malým dítětem v bytě? Má informovat manžela? Snaží se o mrtvé dozvědět víc, postupně se seznamuje s celou rodinou, a vůbec netuší, co ho na konci pátrání čeká.
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