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Written Lives Hardcover – 16 Feb 2006

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; 1st Edition edition (16 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841955752
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841955759
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,247,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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EMILY BRONTË, THOMAS MANN, JAMES JOYCE, IVAN TURGENEV, ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON, ARTHUR RIMBAUD, JOSEPH CONRAD, RAINER MARIA RILKE, HENRY JAMES, WILLIAM FAULKNER . . .

Told with a mixture of affection and humour, these brief 'written lives' throw an unexpected, and very human, light on authors too often enshrined, or entombed, in the halo of artistic sainthood. Here, Javier Marías ingeniously revisits the lives and personalities of twenty authors, humanising them and in the process bringing them alive.

'[Marías is] one of the best contemporary European writers.'
JM Coetzee

'Brief, playful, charming and insightful.'
Alan Chadwick, Metro

'Sprightly and entertaining . . . Literary scholars will no doubt frown upon this sort of carry-on, but these essays are often as evocative of their subjects and as full of illuminating little nuggets of information as a well-written obituary.'
Peter Parker, Times Literary Supplement

'An artful antidote to the "exhaustive and futile erudition" of biography . . . Mann, Mishima, Joyce and Rilke get short, damning shrift. Marías sups from the marrow of their bones with a very long spoon.'
Iain Finlayson, The Times

Translated by Margaret Jull Costa.
Cover illustrations © André Carrilho
Cover design by James Hutcheson

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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