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All Souls

3.65 (3,266 ratings by Goodreads)
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All Souls is a compelling black comedy of Oxford life by Javier Marias, whose highly-anticipated new novel The Infatuations is published in 2013. This Penguin Modern Classics edition features a new Introduction by John Banville, author of The Sea.

The pretty young tutor Clare Bayes attracts many eyes at an Oxford college dinner, not least those of a visiting Spanish lecturer (desperate to escape his conversation with an obese economist about an eighteenth-century cider tax). As they begin an affair, meeting in hotel bedrooms away from the eyes of Clare's husband, the Spaniard finds himself increasingly drawn into the strange world of Oxford, 'one of the cities in the world where the least work gets done', in a story of lust, loneliness, vanity and memory. Filled with brilliant set pieces and pin-sharp observation, All Souls is a masterpiece of black humour.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 14mm | 179g
  • Penguin Classics
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9780141389240
  • 109,734

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A dazzling example of the Oxford novel, with all the ingenuity and the humour and the nostalgia we could hope for The Times Literary Supplement
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A dazzling example of the Oxford novel, with all the ingenuity and the humour and the nostalgia we could hope for * The Times Literary Supplement * Probably the wittiest novel set in British academia since David Lodge's Changing Places * Daily Mail * An intelligent and well written book with exceptionally funny set pieces * The Indepdent on Sunday *
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About Javier Marías

Javier Marias was born in Madrid in 1951 and died in 2022. He published fifteen novels, three collections of short stories and several volumes of essays. His work has been translated into forty-three languages and has won a dazzling array of international literary awards, including the prestigious Dublin IMPAC award for A Heart So White. He was also a highly practised translator into Spanish of English authors, including Joseph Conrad, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Thomas Browne and Laurence Sterne. He held academic posts in Spain, the United States and in Britain, as Lecturer in Spanish Literature at Oxford University.
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3,266 ratings
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