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Bad Nature, or With Elvis in Mexico (New Directions Pearls)

by Javier Marías Esther Allen

A gem of a Marías story: Elvis and his entourage abandon their translator in a seedy cantina full of enraged criminals. "It all happened because of Elvis Presley." Elvis, down south of the border to film a movie, has insisted his producers hire a proper Spaniard so that he can pronounce his few lines in Spanish with a Castillian accent. But Ruibérriz has taken on much more than he bargained for. One fatal night, horseplay in a local bar goes too far: a fatuous drunken American insults the local kingpin, and when the thug insists that Ruibérriz translate, Elvis himself adds an even more stinging comment--and who must translate that?

Corazón tan blanco

by Javier Marías

"No he querido saber, pero he sabido que una de las niñas, cuando ya no era niña y no hacía mucho que había regresado de su viaje de bodas, entró en el cuarto de baño, se puso frente al espejo, se abrió la blusa, se quitó el sostén y se buscó el corazón con la punta de la pistola..." Este es el ya legendario comienzo de un clásico contemporáneo, Corazón tan blanco, cuyo protagonista y narrador, Juan Ranz, prefiere siempre no saber, consciente de lo peligroso que resulta escuchar: los oídos no tienen párpados, y lo que les llega ya no se olvida. Traductor e intérprete de profesión, es él ahora el recién casado, y en su propio viaje de novios, en La Habana, asomado al balcón, es confundido por una desconocida que espera en la calle, y sin querer escucha una conversación de hotel. A partir de entonces "...presentimientos de desastre" envolverán su matrimonio. Pero la clave de ese malestar quizá esté en el pasado, pues su padre hubo de casarse tres veces para que él pudiera nacer. Una novela hipnótica sobre el secreto y su conveniencia posible, sobre el matrimonio, el asesinato y la instigación, sobre la sospecha, el hablar y el callar y la persuasión: sobre los corazones tan blancos que poco a poco se van tiñendo y acaban siendo lo que nunca quisieron ser.

Cuando fui mortal

by Javier Marías

Un médico español que visita de noche las casas parisinas de mujeres casadas un guardaespaldas que deseará la muerte del hombre a quien protege o un fantasma que conoce cuanto ocurrió en su vida. Doce relatos escritos de forma magistral entre 1991 y 1995 y que van desde la crónica de costumbres contemporáneas a los cuentos de fantasmas.

Mañana en la batalla piensa en mí

by Javier Marías

Un hombre es invitado a cenar por una mujer que apenas conoce y cuyo marido está en Londres esa noche. En la casa hay un niño de dos años al que cuesta acostar. Por fin, cuando se confirma el carácter galante de la cita, la mujer se siente mal, agoniza y muere antes de haberse convertido en su amante. Qué hacer con el cadáver, qué hacer con el niño, qué diferencia hay entre la vida y la muerte. Este es el arranque de una de las novelas más apasionantes y emotivas de los últimos tiempos, y seguramente la más premiada, ya que ha obtenido el Premio Internacional Rómulo Gallegos, el Premio Fastenrath de la Real Academia, el Premio Arzobispo Juan de San Clemente, otorgado por estudiantes, el Prix Femina Étranger, en Francia, y el Premio Mondello Città di Palermo.

Mientras Ellas Duermen

by Javier Marías

Un fantasma de los años treinta aún no ahuyentado, un capitán del ejército de Napoleón durante la campaña de Rusia, el León de Nápoles (protagonista de El hombre sentimental) cuando era niño, tres hombres marcados por una maldición familiar originada en La Habana, un caso de doble barcelonés que llevará a la ruina a un madrileño, otro doble británico que conducirá al horror, una mujer de Gijón que escribe y reclama a su amante después de muerta, el escritor John Gawsworth (misteriosa presencia de Todas las almas y Negra espalda del tiempo) cuando fue mendigo, un adorador voluminoso y obseso del vídeo junto a una piscina a oscuras, una "belleza irreal", un mayordomo neoyorquino encerrado en un ascensor, son algunos de los personajes con que podrá encontrarse el lector de estos cuentos. Puede aquí seguirse desde sus orígenes una trayectoria narrativa -a veces independiente, a veces muy relacionada con las novelas del autor- asombrosamente ascendente. Javier Marías es capaz de alcanzar en pocas páginas un grado de tensión y profundidad sólo propio de los maestros del género.

While the Women Are Sleeping

by Javier Marías Margaret Jull Costa

A dozen unforgettable stories by "one of the most original writers at work today" (Wyatt Mason, The New York Times Book Review). Slippery figures in anomalous situations -- ghosts, spies, bodyguards, criminals -- haunt these stories by Javier Marías: the characters come bearing their strange and special secrets, and never leave our minds. In one story, a man obsessed with his much younger lover endlessly videotapes her every move, and then confides his surprising plans for her; in another a ghost can't stop resigning from his job. Masterfully, Marías manages in a small space to perplex and delight. "The short story fits Marías like a glove," as Le Point noted. His stories have been hailed as "formidably intelligent" (The London Review of Books), "a bracing tonic" (Chicago Tribune), and "startling" (The New York Times Book Review).

Written Lives

by Javier Marías Margaret Jull Costa

An affectionate and very funny gallery of twenty great world authors from the pen of "the most subtle and gifted writer in contemporary Spanish literature" (The Boston Globe). In addition to his own busy career as "one of Europe's most intriguing contemporary writers" (TLS), Javier Marías is also the translator into Spanish of works by Hardy, Stevenson, Conrad, Faulkner, Nabokov, and Laurence Sterne. His love for these authors is the touchstone of Written Lives. Collected here are twenty pieces recounting great writers' lives, "or, more precisely, snippets of writers' lives." Thomas Mann, Rilke, Arthur Conan Doyle, Turgenev, Djuna Barnes, Emily Brontë, Malcolm Lowry, and Kipling appear ("all fairly disastrous individuals"), and "almost nothing" in his stories is invented. Like Isak Dinesen (who "claimed to have poor sight, yet could spot a four-leaf clover in a field from a remarkable distance away"), Marías has a sharp eye. Nabokov is here, making "the highly improbable assertion that he is 'as American as April in Arizona,'" as is Oscar Wilde, who, in debt on his deathbed, ordered up champagne, "remarking cheerfully, 'I am dying beyond my means.'" Faulkner, we find, when fired from his post office job, explained that he was not prepared "to be beholden to any son-of-a-bitch who had two cents to buy a stamp." Affection glows in the pages of Written Lives, evidence, as Marías remarks, that "although I have enjoyed writing all my books, this was the one with which I had the most fun."

Your Face Tomorrow: Dance and Dream (Vol. 2)

by Javier Marías Margaret Jull Costa

A book unlike any other, a daring experiential unfolding Spanish masterpiece, Your Face Tomorrow now leaps into uncharted new territory in Volume Two: Dance and Dream. Your Face Tomorrow, Javier Marias's dazzling unfolding magnum opus, is a novel in three parts, which began with Volume One: Fever and Spear. Described as a "brilliant dark novel" (Scotland on Sunday), the book now takes a wild swerve in its new volume. Skillfully constructed around a central perplexing and mesmerizing scene in a nightclub, Volume Two: Dance and Dream again features Jacques Deza. In Volume One he was hired by MI6 as a person of extraordinarily sophisticated powers of perception. In Volume Two Deza discovers the dark side of his new employer when Tupra, his spy-master boss, brings out a sword and uses it in a way that appalls Deza: You can't just go around hurting and killing people like that. Why not? asks Tupra. Searching meditations on favors and jealousy, knowledge and the deep human desire not to know, violence and death play against memories of the Spanish Civil War as Deza's world becomes increasingly murky.

Your Face Tomorrow: Fever and Spear (Vol. 1)

by Javier Marías Margaret Jull Costa

A daring masterwork by Javier Marias: "Spain's most subtle and gifted writer." (The Boston Globe) Part spy novel, part romance, part Henry James, Your Face Tomorrow is a wholly remarkable display of the immense gifts of Javier Marias. With Fever and Spear, Volume One of his unfolding novel Your Face Tomorrow, he returns us to the rarified world of Oxford (the delightful setting of All Souls and Dark Back of Time), while introducing us to territory entirely new--espionage. Our hero, Jaime Deza, separated from his wife in Madrid, is a bit adrift in London until his old friend Sir Peter Wheeler--retired Oxford don and semi-retired master spy--recruits him for a new career in British Intelligence. Deza possesses a rare gift for seeing behind the masks people wear. He is soon observing interviews conducted by Her Majesty's secret service: variously shady international businessmen one day, would-be coup leaders the next. Seductively, this metaphysical thriller explores past, present, and future in the ever-more-perilous 21st century. This compelling and enigmatic tour de force from one of Europe's greatest writers continues with Volume Two, Dance and Dream.

Your Face Tomorrow: Fever and Spear (Vol. 1)

by Javier Marías Margaret Jull Costa

Part spy novel, part romance, part Henry James, Fever and Spear is Volume One of the novel Your Face Tomorrow. Javier Marias returns us to the rarefied world of Oxford (the delightful setting of All Souls and Dark Back of Time), while introducing us to territory entirely new-- espionage. Our hero, Jaime Deza, separated from his wife in Madrid, is a bit adrift in London until his old friend Sir Peter Wheeler "retired Oxford don and semi-retired master spy" recruits him for a new career in British Intelligence. Deza possesses a rare gift for seeing behind the masks people wear. He is soon observing interviews conducted by Her Majesty's secret service: variously shady international businessmen one day, would-be coup leaders the next. Seductively, this metaphysical thriller explores past, present, and future in the ever-more-perilous 21st century. This compelling and enigmatic tour de force from one of Europe's greatest writers continues with Volume Two, Dance and Dream.

Your Face Tomorrow: Poison, Shadow, and Farewell (Vol. 3)

by Javier Marías Margaret Jull Costa

Your Face Tomorrow, Javier Marías's daring novel in three parts culminates triumphantly in this much-anticipated final volume. Poison, Shadow, and Farewell, with its heightened tensions between meditations and noir narrative, with its wit and and ever deeper forays into the mysteries of consciousness, brings to a stunning finale Marías's three-part Your Face Tomorrow. Already this novel has been acclaimed "exquisite" (Publishers Weekly), "gorgeous" (Kirkus), and "outstanding: another work of urgent originality" (London Independent). Poison, Shadow, and Farewell takes our hero Jaime Deza--hired by MI6 as a person of extraordinarily sophisticated powers of perception--back to Madrid to both spy on and try to protect his own family, and into new depths of love and loss, with a fluency on the subject of death that could make a stone weep.

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