All Souls (Paperback)
Vintage Books, 9780307950772, 209pp.
Publication Date: April 23, 2013
In All Souls, a visiting Spanish lecturer, viewing Oxford through a prismatic detachment, is alternately amused, puzzled, delighted, and disgusted by its vagaries of human vanity. A bit lonely, not always able to see his charming but very married mistress, he casts about for activity; he barely has to teach. Yet so much goes into simply -being- at Oxford: friendship, opinion-mongering, one-upmanship, finicky exchanges of favors, gossip, adultery, book-collecting, back-patting, backstabbing. Marias demonstrates a sweet tooth for eccentricity in this sly campus novel and love story.
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Praise For All Souls…
"Javier Marías is in my opinion one of the best contemporary writers." --J.M. Coetzee
"Dazzling.... Javier Marías writes with elegance, with wit and with masterful suspense." --The Times Literary Supplement
“Javier Marías is such an elegant, witty and persuasive writer that it is tempting simply to quote him at length.” — The Scotsman
"Stylish, cerebral.... Marías is a startling talent...His prose is ambitious, ironic, philosophical, and ultimately compassionate." --The New York Times