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This review is from: Your Face Tomorrow 3: Poison, Shadow and Farewell (Paperback)
This is the kind of book that defies review, really. But most of those by Marias I have read are similar in that respect. This trilogy is a digressive, major, deceptively controlled masterpiece. The fact of its masterpiece-ness doesn't become apparent until this third volume however this brings the whole thing together perfectly: the previous two books describe ever wider circles around this, afraid to truly get to the centre, but this one brings all the threads together and goes for the jugular. The book is the greatest metaphysical thriller I have ever come across: an occasionally violent tract that puts seemingly everything to the test, interrogates every motive that crosses its path, talks its way around every subject and idea to give what great fiction does: a sense of the tremendous significance of, well, nearly everything.
I cannot praise this trilogy highly enough. It took me a while to read both the first two books, but this one I galloped through in days. A wonderful, dark, dangerous book. Marias, with Coetzee, is my bet for greatest novelist alive.