Your Face Tomorrow: Fever and Spear, Volume 1

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New Directions Publishing, Aug 28, 2007 - Fiction - 387 pages
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Part spy novel, part romance, part Henry James, Your Face Tomorrow is a wholly remarkable display of the immense gifts of Javier Marias. With Fever and Spear, Volume One of his unfolding novel Your Face Tomorrow, he returns us to the rarified world of Oxford (the delightful setting of All Souls and Dark Back of Time), while introducing us to territory entirely new--espionage.

Our hero, Jaime Deza, separated from his wife in Madrid, is a bit adrift in London until his old friend Sir Peter Wheeler—retired Oxford don and semi-retired master spy—recruits him for a new career in British Intelligence. Deza possesses a rare gift for seeing behind the masks people wear. He is soon observing interviews conducted by Her Majesty's secret service: variously shady international businessmen one day, would-be coup leaders the next. Seductively, this metaphysical thriller explores past, present, and future in the ever-more-perilous 21st century. This compelling and enigmatic tour de force from one of Europe's greatest writers continues with Volume Two, Dance and Dream.
  

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Wow. Great story (read the blurb), exceptional writing. - Goodreads
... his prose and thoughts are just too unfocused. - Goodreads
The writing is dense but not difficult to read. - Goodreads
I love Marías' writing, it is so beautiful and elegant. - Goodreads
The writing is beautiful, dense and clever. - Goodreads
Not much of a plot development so far. - Goodreads

Review: Your Face Tomorrow, Vol. 1: Fever and Spear (Your Face Tomorrow #1)

User Review  - Niko - Goodreads

Marias truly is a master of written words. Though it's not easy to fall into his style of writing, once you're in...you want more. And more. While reading this great book you have it in the back of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Liviu - Goodreads

this has been on my "I want to try seriously" list for a long time; maybe in the near future, maybe it will go back to "later" Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
6
Section 3
9
Section 4
14
Section 5
18
Section 6
23
Section 7
26
Section 8
45
Section 14
163
Section 15
166
Section 16
183
Section 17
186
Section 18
211
Section 19
234
Section 20
255
Section 21
273

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
127
Section 13
147
Section 22
297
Section 23
317
Section 24
342
Section 25
362
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About the author (2007)

Javier Marías is an award-winning Spanish novelist. He is also a translator and columnist, as well as the current king of Redonda. He was born in Madrid in 1951 and published his first novel at the age of nineteen. He has held academic posts in Spain, the US (he was a visiting professor at Wellesley College) and Britain, as a lecturer in Spanish Literature at Oxford University. He has been translated into 34 languages, and more than six million copies of his books have been sold worldwide. In 1997 he won the Nelly Sachs Award; the Comunidad de Madrid award in 1998; in 2000 the Grinzane Cavour Award, the Alberto Moravia Prize, and the Dublin IMPAC Award. He also won the Spanish National Translation Award in 1979 for his translation of Tristram Shandy in 1979. He was a professor at Oxford University and the Complutense of Madrid. He currently lives in Madrid.

Margaret Jull Costa has translated into the English more than 35 books, including Nobel Laureate Jose Saramago's "All the Names" & "The Tale of the Unknown Island", Antonio Perez Reverte's "The Flander's Panel", Fernando Pessoa's Book of Disquiet" & Luisa Valenzuela's "Bedside Manners". She lives in London.

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