Juan knows little about his widowed father Ranz, a man with a troubled past; if he has been told no lies, that is because he has asked no questions. All he does know is that before marrying Juan's mother, Ranz was married to her elder sister and she had committed suicide. What gradually emerges into the cold light of day is a repetition of scenes already witnessed by Juan in the course of his travels - of a married man blackmailed by his mistress in a Havana hotel, of a woman in New York pursuing a sequence of shabby lovers through the lonely-hearts columns. With remarkable skill and delicacy Javier Marias builds up his colours to produce a startling picture of two generations, two marriages, and of the secret commerce between spouses that rests on the gossamer-thin threads of an unspoken accord. (2002-10-18)
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Javier Marias is one of the world's major living authors. If I had to name just one contemporary writer of his quality, it would be Garcia Marquez (Marcel Reich-Ranicki)
The writing shows enormous cunning and a fiendish degree of patience. It threads together the elements of psychological analysis with the precision of a miniaturist (Frederic Vitoux Nouvel Observateur)
[I] became enthralled by [Marias's] strange mix of made-up memories, lost experiences, and real-life fantasies; he has something of W.G. Sebald's sense of consciousness in flux...sharper about people and sexual attachment... Very funny (Marina Warner Guardian)
'It has achieved the status of a manifesto: it is one of those unusual books breaks new ground' Le Monde (2002-10-18)
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Book Description Random House UK, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110099448521
Book Description Random House UK, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0099448521