Dark Back of Time by Javier Marias

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A book by Spain's greatest living writer weaves fiction and fact into a completely original and unforgettable hybrid.

Called by its author a "false novel," Dark Back of Time begins with the tale of the odd effects of publishing All Souls, his witty and sardonic 1989 Oxford novel. All Souls is a book Marías swears to be fiction, but which its "characters"--the real-life dons and professors and bookshop owners who have "recognized themselves"--fiercely maintain to be a roman à clef. With the sleepy world of Oxford set into fretful motion by a world that never "existed," Dark Back of Time begins an odyssey into the nature of identity and of time. Marías weaves together autobiography, a legendary kingdom, strange ghostly literary figures, halls of mirrors, a one-eyed pilot, a curse in Havana, and a bullet lost in Mexico.

About Javier Marias

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Javier Marías was born in Madrid in 1951. He is the author of more than a dozen novels and several short story collections. He is also an award-winning translator and a columnist for El País. He was the second recipient of the International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award (for A Heart So White) and is a member of the Royal Spanish Academy.
Published April 23, 2013 by Vintage. 336 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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The densely tangled prose and meditative intensity that made Spanish author Marias’s All Souls and A Heart So White (both 1996) memorable (if demanding) reading experiences is put to decidedly different uses in this clever and amusing 1998 novel.

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In his latest book, Mar as employs the old gambit of a novel within a novel, but the radical twist is that the novel on the inside is one of Mar as's real, previous novels All Souls.

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