When I Was Mortal (Paperback)

By Javier Marias, Margaret Jull Costa (Translator), Margaret Jull Costas (Translator)

New Directions Publishing Corporation, 9780811215169, 176pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2009

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Victims of mistaken identity, sponging relatives, amateur sleuths, eavesdroppers, professional liars, assassins, and failed bodyguards populate the short stories in When I Was Mortal. Plots turn on curious exigencies a woman about to star in her first porn film; a night doctor who adds new meaning to "specialist"; a ghost whose neglect is greatly resented. "In the space of ten or twenty pages," as the Nouvel Observateur remarked, "Mar as contrives to write a novel." "The short story fits Mar as like a glove," as Le Point noted, and these stories have been acclaimed as "dazzling" (The London Times Literary Supplement); "formidably intelligent" (The London Review of Books); and "startling" (The New York Times Book Review).