The Infatuations

The Infatuations

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Every day, Maria Dolz stops for breakfast at the same cafe. And every day she enjoys watching a handsome couple who follow the same routine. Then one day they aren't there, and she feels obscurely bereft. It is only later, when she comes across a newspaper photograph of the man, lying stabbed in the street, his shirt half off, that she discovers who the couple are. Some time afterwards, when the woman returns to the cafe with her children, who are then collected by a different man, and Maria approaches her to offer her condolences, an entanglement begins which sheds new light on this apparently random, pointless death. With "The Infatuations", Javier Marias brilliantly reimagines the murder novel as a metaphysical enquiry, addressing existential questions of life, death, love and morality: What is truth, when there are always different versions of events and it is impossible to know even our own ever-vacillating thoughts, feelings and passions? What is love if not a justification for almost anything, from the most noble and selfless of actions to the worst outrages and most despicable of acts? And why is it so threatening when the dead to return to us, however greatly mourned? The "Infatuations" is an extraordinary, immersive book about the terrible force of events and their more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 166 x 234 x 26mm | 460g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • Hamish Hamilton Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0241145376
  • 9780241145371
  • 204,514

About Javier Marias

JAVIER MARiAS was born in Madrid in 1951. The recipient of numerous prizes, he has written thirteen novels, three story collections, and fifteen works of collected articles and essays. His books have been translated into forty languages, in fifty countries, and have sold more than 6 million copies throughout the more