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An extraordinary achievement,
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This review is from: Your Face Tomorrow 3: Poison, Shadow and Farewell (Paperback)
I've just finished the trilogy, having first got hooked on Marias' long, reflective sentences in A Heart so White. The pivotal actions are told with fascinating psychological precision, so much so that the drama can be held in suspension so we can see how Jaime/Jacobo is affected by it as it unfolds. But that's not the half of it - the nameless group he belongs to on the edge of MI6, interwoven with the stories of the Spanish Civil War and its aftermath, make this a compelling historical novel and, ultimately, a rigorously ethical investigation of how war and peacetime violence alike transform and sometimes poison their participants, even those who are just part of the propaganda effort. Lots of other themes and conflicts to be thought about further - but for now, I wanted to share the impact this has had on me before I go away and see what others have said - not to mention the rest of his writing.