Dark Back of Time

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Apr 23, 2013 - Fiction - 408 pages
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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.
 

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User Review  - MSarki - LibraryThing

Undoubtedly a five-star book but the fact that I only "really liked it" is due to all the historical references that bogged down for me, especially near the end. And that is no fault of the writer, it ... Read full review

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User Review  - stillatim - LibraryThing

Am I burning out on Marias? I hope not; 'The Infatuations' should be in my hands the day it comes out. But I found this much less gripping than his other works, for two connected reasons, that have a ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
7
Section 2
12
Section 3
23
Section 4
31
Section 5
47
Section 6
58
Section 7
63
Section 8
76
Section 15
179
Section 16
183
Section 17
186
Section 18
208
Section 19
227
Section 20
234
Section 21
240
Section 22
247

Section 9
90
Section 10
118
Section 11
124
Section 12
142
Section 13
157
Section 14
171
Section 23
266
Section 24
285
Section 25
286
Section 26
322
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Javier Marías 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 practiced 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.

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