A Heart So White

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New Directions Publishing, 2000 - Fiction - 278 pages
12 Reviews
Javier Mar as's A Heart So White chronicles with unnerving insistence the relentless power of the past. Juan knows little of the interior life of his father Ranz; but when Juan marries, he begins to consider the past anew, and begins to ponder what he doesn't really want to know. Secrecy--its possible convenience, its price, and even its civility--hovers throughout the novel. A Heart So White becomes a sort of anti-detective story of human nature. Intrigue; the sins of the father; the fraudulent and the genuine; marriage and strange repetitions of violence: Mar as elegantly sends shafts of inquisitory light into shadows and on to the costs of ambivalence. ("My hands are of your colour; but I shame/To wear a heart so white"--Shakespeare's Macbeth.)
 

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User Review  - bodachliath - LibraryThing

I enjoyed this a lot, but it is not an easy book to summarise. Loosely it is a book about family secrets, communication and relationships, with a long-hidden tragedy at its core, and focuses on a son ... Read full review

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User Review  - jmoncton - LibraryThing

In the start of this book, a young woman, newly married, walks away from a dinner party and shoots herself in the breast. The story then fast forwards several decades and we follow a young man Juan ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
9
Section 3
24
Section 4
47
Section 5
68
Section 6
71
Section 7
90
Section 8
112
Section 10
145
Section 11
164
Section 12
184
Section 13
204
Section 14
221
Section 15
237
Section 16
271
Section 17
284

Section 9
132

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About the author (2000)

Margaret Jull Costa is an award-winning translator of Portuguese and Spanish literature. She lives in the United Kingdom.

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