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A Heart so White (Penguin Modern Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Javier Marías , Margaret Jull Costa
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A Heart so White is the breathtaking international bestseller and IMPAC Award-winning masterpiece by Javier Marías, whose highly-anticipated new novel The Infatuations is published in 2013. This Penguin Modern Classics edition features a new Introduction by Jonathan Coe.

A Heart so White begins as, In the middle of a family lunch Teresa, just married, goes to the bathroom, unbuttons her blouse and shoots herself in the heart. What made her kill herself immediately after her honeymoon? Years later, this mystery fascinates the young newlywed Juan, whose father was married to Teresa before he married Juan's mother. As Juan edges closer to the truth, he begins to question his own relationships, and whether he really wants to know what happened. Haunting and unsettling, A Heart So White is a breathtaking portrayal of two generations, two marriages, the relentless power of the past and the terrible price of knowledge.

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The most subtle and gifted writer in contemporary Spanish literature (Boston Globe)

I was enthralled (Marina Warner, Guardian)

Marías' challenging and seductive technique reaches its pinnacle in A Heart So White (The New York Times)

The work of a supreme stylist ... It is brilliantly done (James Woodall, The Times)

As unique as it is brilliant... an entertaining and intelligent novel (Washington Post)

About the Author

Javier Marías 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. He has held academic posts in Spain, the United States and in Britain, as Lecturer in Spanish Literature at Oxford University.

Jonathan Coe has written many novels, including The House of Sleep, The Rotters' Club and The Rain Before It Falls. He is also the author of Like A Fiery Elephant, a critical biography of the novelist B. S. Johnson.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 479 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (2 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008BD6OZS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,449 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A scholar's book 22 Mar. 2013
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This is an excellent novel but you have to work at it. I don't usually like my books so introspective, and Marias' style which involves repetition of words and phrases can strike a discordant note, but it is a gripping story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the book to discover Marias 25 Dec. 2013
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It was the first Marias' book I read....and after that he became one of the top writers in my own list... Plus he brought me back and made reread Shakespeare.... as the book gave me a key to unlock some hidden secret in Shakespeare's works....
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read. 18 Nov. 2013
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I am new to this author but now a big fan. Unexpectedly vibrant and thought-provoking in equal measure. if you haven't read him yet waste no more time.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Cumbersome and annoying 18 Sept. 2013
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I found the style impenetrable and thebtrope of long, self-contradictory sentences wearing and difficult to cut through. Gave up on the book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern masterpiece 23 July 2013
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I am not sure I understood all of it, but I've never read a book before which reads in the same way that we think- not in worked out, brilliant sentences, but in long convoluted phrases, observations, repetitions, re-workings.
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