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Dark Back of Time

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Dark Back of Time is a compelling story of the way in which reality blurs into fiction by Javier Marias, whose highly-anticipated new novel The Infatuations is published in 2013. It is translated by Esther Allen in Penguin Modern Classics.

'We lose everything because everything remains except us', says the mysterious narrator of this extraordinary novel, which meditates on the transience, chance and fragility of life. As a man called Javier Marias recalls the strange events and people that shaped his past, including ghostly literary figures, a pilot, an adventurer, a brother who died as a child and the king of an island in the Caribbean, we begin to question the nature of time, memory and reality itself. Here the writer is both a keeper of memories and a purveyor of illusions, destined to be lost in the dark back of time.

Javier Marias was born in Madrid in 1951. He has published ten novels, two collections of short stories and several volumes of essays. His work has been translated into thirty-two languages and won a dazzling array of international literary awards, including the prestigious Dublin IMPAC award for A Heart So White. He is also a highly practised translator into Spanish of English authors, including Joseph Conrad, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Thomas Browne and Laurence Sterne.

'I was enthralled by his strange mix of made-up memories, lost experiences and real-life fantasies' Marina Warner, Guardian

'He uses language like an anatomist uses a scalpel to lay bare the innermost secrets of that strangest of species, the human being' W. G. Sebald, author of Austerlitz
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 19mm | 247g
  • PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 014119989X
  • 9780141199894
  • 93,036

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Dark Back of Time is one of the best Spanish novels of the twentieth century Julia Ortega, Brown University
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Dark Back of Time is one of the best Spanish novels of the twentieth century * Julia Ortega, Brown University * It leaves you with an impression of having been haunted: the most complex, perfect and outstanding of Marias' novels * Reforma * Neither essay nor novel, Javier Marias' most recent book is, quite simply, magnificent. As a book, it is funny, even hilarious, and at times profound, obsessive, and overwhelming. * Le Monde * The author knows how to dive into the formidable chasms of life, fate and death * El Pais * I was enthralled by his strange mix of made-up memories, lost experiences and real-life fantasies -- Marina Warner * Guardian * Shows sensitivity in exploring an entire shadowland of human experience just beyond the reach of words, and could be said to be a culminating point in the author's career * The Times Literary Supplement *
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About Javier Marias

Javier Marias is the author of sixteen works in Spanish, which have been translated into forty-two languages including English. His translated English works are All Souls, A Heart So White, Tomorrow in the Battle Think on Me, When I Was Mortal, Dark Back of Time, The Man of Feeling, Voyage Along the Horizon, Written Lives, the Your Face Tomorrow trilogy (Fever and Spear, Dance and Dream and Poison, Shadow and Farewell), Bad Nature, While the Women Are Sleeping, The Infatuations, Thus Bad Begins and, Venice, An Interior. Javier Marias has received numerous literary prizes including the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Prix Formentor. He lives and works as a translator and columnist in Madrid.
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