Dark Back of Time

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Random House, 2004 - Reality in literature - 336 pages
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"When Javier Marias wrote All Souls he was unprepared for the way in which reality would begin to invade his fiction. Real people mistook themselves for his fictional characters and readers confused him with his narrator. In Dark Back of Time, Marias uses the unsettling effects of All Souls on his life to begin an extraordinary meditation on the transience, chance and fragility of life, and the way in which reality so easily blurs into fiction. This brilliantly digressive, constantly surprising book moves seamlessly from virtuoso storytelling to intimate autobiography. In doing so, it shows us how the writer is both a keeper of memories and, himself, destined to be lost in the dark back of time."

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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Undoubtedly a five-star book but the fact that I only "really liked it" is due to all the historical references that bogged down for me, especially near the end.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

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About the author (2004)

Javier Mar-as was born in Madrid in 1951. He has published twenty-three books and been translated into twenty-nine languages, winning a dazzling array of literary awards. He is also a highly practised translator into Spanish of English authors, including Conrad, Stevenson, Hardy 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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