The Infatuations (Paperback)
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The Infatuations (Paperback)

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The Infatuations is a critically acclaimed novel by the great Spanish writer Javier Marias. 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. Praise for The Infatuations: 'Mesmerising ...chillingly clear and hypnotically eerie ...At this very fine and disturbing novel's core is a compelling meditation on love in all its ramifications' Herald 'Keeps us guessing until almost the last page' Financial Times 'Few writers have sustained such an engagement with the classic (Anglophone) canon. As a translator he has rendered into Spanish work by Hardy, Yeats, Conrad, Nabokov, Faulkner, Updike, Salinger and many others. As a novelist, he has threaded his work with traces of these writers, and is explicitly underpinned by an empathy with Shakespeare and Sterne, as well as Cervantes and Proust' Guardian Javier Marias was born in Madrid in 1951. He has published thirteen novels, two collections of short stories and several volumes of essays. His work has been translated into forty-two languages and won a dazzling array of international literary awards. Margaret Jull Costa has been a literary translator for over twenty-five years and has translated many novels and short stories by Portuguese, Spanish and Latin American writers, including Javier Marias, Fernando Pessoa, Jose Saramago, Bernardo Atxaga and Ramon del Valle-Inclan.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241958490

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“slow paced”

Overall a good story line, although a little too slow paced for my liking. I found myself drifting through 3-4 chapters without having really read them and nothing of significance or interest happened.
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26th May 2013
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“The Infatuations: does the end justify the means?”

Maria has breakfast every morning in a café where a married couple also has theirs at the same time. She calls them "the perfect couple". Maria likes to see how they look at each other, their gestures, their... More

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6th March 2013
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This is María's story about a couple she sees most days having breakfast in a café near her workplace. She is fascinated by them as they appear so happy and loving. Then the man is murdered and Maria gets drawn... More

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9th February 2013
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