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