The Infatuations by Javier Marias

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7 Critic Reviews

For established fans, “The Infatuations” will be another welcome shipment of Marías; for new readers it is as good a place to start as any...we are choosing to spend time in an author’s company. In Javier Marías’s case this is a good decision; his mind is insightful, witty, sometimes startling, sometimes hilarious, and always intelligent.
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Synopsis

A New York Times Book Review Notable Book, NPR Great Reads, and Onion A.V. Club Best Book of 2013

Each day before work María Dolz stops at the same café. There she finds herself drawn to a couple who is also there every morning. Observing their seemingly perfect life helps her escape the listlessness of her own. But when the man is brutally murdered and María approaches the widow to offer her condolences, what began as mere observation turns into an increasingly complicated entanglement. Invited into the widow's home, she meets--and falls in love with--a man who sheds disturbing new light on the crime. As María recounts this story, we are given a murder mystery brilliantly encased in a metaphysical enquiry, a novel that grapples with questions of love and death, chance and coincidence, and above all, with the slippery essence of the truth and how it is told.

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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 August 13, 2013 by Vintage. 354 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction
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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Edward St. Aubyn on Aug 08 2013

For established fans, “The Infatuations” will be another welcome shipment of Marías; for new readers it is as good a place to start as any...we are choosing to spend time in an author’s company. In Javier Marías’s case this is a good decision; his mind is insightful, witty, sometimes startling, sometimes hilarious, and always intelligent.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Robert McCrum on Mar 10 2013

The Infatuations is just such a novel, a murder story of archetypal simplicity whose slow unravelling becomes a vehicle for all the big questions about life, love and death...This may be a literary and metaphysical fiction, but it's never boring.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Alberto Manguel on Mar 01 2013

Each of these events seems whimsical and arbitrary and yet, as Javier Marías shows in this masterly novel, chance is nothing but the result of our own negligent reading.

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NY Journal of Books

Below average
Reviewed by Jenny Hilborne on Aug 13 2013

There is little dialogue, no hero, and no journey. Madrid is a probably a beautiful city, yet the author gives the reader no feeling for the surroundings. Rather than the “brilliantly re-imagined murder mystery” we are promised, The Infatuations is long, depressing, and plodding.

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by John Powers on Aug 12 2013

...The Infatuations, which is the ideal introduction to his work. Translated by Margaret Jull Costa, The Infatuations is mysterious and seductive; it's got deception, it's got love affairs, it's got murder — the book is the most sheerly addictive thing Marías has ever written. It hooks you from its very first lines.

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LA Times

Above average
Reviewed by Reed Johnson on Aug 16 2013

Masquerading as melodrama, "The Infatuations" gradually unmasks itself as a philosophical crime-scene investigation, in which Marías' scalpel-like prose and microscopic observations...By savoring obscure motives and absurd turns of fate, he dispels facile explanations of why people commit extreme acts of love, anger, mercy, betrayal.

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AV Club

Excellent
Reviewed by Gregg LaGambina on Aug 12 2013

Marías’ novel operates on so many levels simultaneously, it becomes a piece of evidence itself, an artifact that proves its own argument. It is a dizzying feat that relegates “metafiction” to that dreary province literary terms go should...The Infatuations does so artfully, that life and fiction are inventions often made from the same materials.

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