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Dark Back Of Time Paperback – 1 Apr 2004

3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New edition edition (1 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099287463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099287469
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.6 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,628,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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[Dark Back of Time] shows sensitivity in exploring an entire shadowland of human experience just beyond the reach of words, and could be said to represent a culminating point in its author's long career (Times Literary Supplement)

It is a rare gift, to be offered a writer who lives in our own time but speaks with the intensity of the past, who comes with the extra richness lent by foreign history and nonetheless knows our own culture inside out (New York Times)

Witty, readable, moving and insistently thought-provoking-in the manner of Sebald (Irish Independent)

Dark Back of Time brings us a writer who is prepared to set up his apparatus and conduct the narrative experiment in broad daylight, without the benefit of smoke and mirrors (Scotland on Sunday)

He uses language like an anatomist uses the scalpel to cut away the layers of the flesh in order to lay bare the innermost secrets of that strangest of species, the human being (W. G. Sebald)

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'Javier Mar-as is in my opinion one of the best contemporary writers' J. M. Coetzee'[I am] enthralled by his strange mix of made-up memories, lost experiences and real-life fantasies.' Marina Warner, Guardian (2003-06-09)

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