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Dark Back of Time (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 31 Jan 2013

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Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (31 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014119989X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141199894
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 421,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Marías' 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)

About the Author

Javier Marías was born in Madrid in 1951. He 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 and The Infatuations. Javier Marías has received numerous literary prizes including the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Prix Formentor, and he is the King of Redonda. He lives and works as a translator and columnist in Madrid. His most recent novel is Thus Bad Begins.


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I actually loved this book but realise that it would not appeal to everyone. It is really an examination of how we see ourselves throughout life. How do we relate to the fiction of existence . As usual, Javier Marias has a beautiful seductive style of writing which is well translated into English. What might deter some readers are the potted histories of some lesser known writers but as usual , everything he writes, is there for a purpose and contributes to the whole. Perhaps not for the faint -hearted but still a good read and a book which leaves one reflecting.
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This book takes flight from the flurries All Souls, an earlier book by the same author is said to have created in Oxford, where it is set. Wonderfully discursive, as only Marias can be, and blessed with extraordinary bits of luck and detective work, he leads us to places and people you would never guess had existed.
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To write a book about the reception of your previous novel (the excellent All Souls) is the height of hubris; the result is all but unreadable.
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