The Man of Feeling
Glinting like a moonstone with layers of emotion, The Man of Feeling is a sleek and strange tale of cosmopolitan love. An affair between a married woman and a young man just becoming an opera star (curiously helped along by the husband's factotum) meets with adamant resistance from the implacable husband.
Narrated by the young opera singer, the novel opens as he recalls traveling on a train from Milan to Venice, silently absorbed for hours by the woman asleep opposite his seat. In the measured tones of memory, The Man of Feeling revolves on the poles of anticipation and recollection. The peculiar rarified life lived in the world's luxury hotels, a life of rehearsal and performance, the constant travel and ghost-like detachment of our protagonist adds a deeper tone to the novel's weave of desire and detachment, of consideration and reconsideration: its epigraph cites William Hazlitt: "I think myself into love,/And I dream myself out of it." As Marķas remarks in a brief afterword, this is a love story "in which love is neither seen nor experienced, but announced and remembered." Can love be recalled truly when it no longer exists? That twist will continue to revolve in the reader's mind, conjuring up in its disembodied way Henry James' The Turn of the Screw. Beautifully translated into English for the first time by Margaret Jull Costa, this fascinating and eerie early novel by Javier Marķas bears out his reputation for the "dazzling" (TLS) and "startling" (The New York Times).
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Review: The Man of FeelingUser Review - Nate - Goodreads
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. This novel is simple, playful, elegant, sad, slim, and slow burning. The ending is great. The book, like others of Marias, also contains great psychological & philosophical observations. He's like a poet of psychology. Highly recommended. Read full review
Review: The Man of FeelingUser Review - Laura Little - Goodreads
I'm a sucker for any book that promises to recreate the magic of Tolstoy's train station meeting between Anna and Vronksy in the peerless "Anna Karenina." Marķas delivers some of this through his ... Read full review