Coming Into One's Own: The Novelistic Development of Javier Marías

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Rodopi, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 305 pages
Javier Marías is a major contemporary Spanish novelist who has enjoyed remarkable international success and recognition. He is a writer who has undergone a singular and clearly discernible novelistic evolution and has forged a very distinctive style of his own. It is this formal development that this book traces through a study of his works from Los dominios del lobo (1971) to Negra espalda del tiempo (1998). With the help of a wide range of 20th-century literary theories and criticism, it strives to show that in order to escape realism and Spanishness and to make his way into literature, Marías forges an intricate style which progressively develops and matures, and which creates highly suggestive and elaborate imaginative worlds, a literature with a particular ontology, ultimately capable of inventing reality. This book is the first full-length study of Javier Marías's work to be published so far and serves both as an introduction to, and a close examination of, the work of a major European writer.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
7
The Spanish Novel from 1939 to 1970 and beyond
7
A Question of Style
55
The Artistic Imagination
89
Imagining the Autobiographical
123
Belonging
139
The Effects of Repetition
183
The Interconnectedness
245
The Potential of Literature
277
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