Dark Back of Time (Paperback)
Vintage, 9780307950741, 336pp.
Publication Date: April 23, 2013
Called by its author a "false novel," Dark Back of Time begins with the tale of the odd effects of publishing All Souls, his witty and sardonic 1989 Oxford novel. All Souls is a book Marias swears to be fiction, but which its "characters"--the real-life dons and professors and bookshop owners who have "recognized themselves"--fiercely maintain to be a roman a clef. With the sleepy world of Oxford set into fretful motion by a world that never "existed," "Dark Back of Time "begins an odyssey into the nature of identity and of time. Marias weaves together autobiography, a legendary kingdom, strange ghostly literary figures, halls of mirrors, a one-eyed pilot, a curse in Havana, and a bullet lost in Mexico.
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Praise For Dark Back of Time…
"By far Spain's best writer today." --Roberto Bolaño
"The most subtle and gifted writer in contemporary Spanish literature." --Boston Sunday Globe
"Dazzling.... Javier Marías writes with elegance, with wit and with masterful suspense."--The Times Literary Supplement
"Stylish, cerebral...Marías is a startling talent...His prose is ambitious, ironic, philosophical, and ultimately compassionate." --The New York Times