Your Face Tomorrow
Dance and Dream
A book unlike any other, a daring experiential unfolding Spanish masterpiece, Your Face Tomorrow now leaps into uncharted new territory in Volume Two: Dance and Dream.
Your Face Tomorrow, Javier Marias's dazzling unfolding magnum opus, is a novel in three parts, which began with Volume One: Fever and Spear. Described as a "brilliant dark novel" (Scotland on Sunday), the book now takes a wild swerve in its new volume. Skillfully constructed around a central perplexing and mesmerizing scene in a nightclub, Volume Two: Dance and Dream again features Jacques Deza. In Volume One he was hired by MI6 as a person of extraordinarily sophisticated powers of perception. In Volume Two Deza discovers the dark side of his new employer when Tupra, his spy-master boss, brings out a sword and uses it in a way that appalls Deza: You can't just go around hurting and killing people like that. Why not? asks Tupra.
Searching meditations on favors and jealousy, knowledge and the deep human desire not to know, violence and death play against memories of the Spanish Civil War as Deza's world becomes increasingly murky.
Praise For Your Face Tomorrow: Dance and Dream…
— The Observer
The overall effect recalls the cerebral play of Borges, the dark humor
of Pynchon, and meditative lyricism of Proust.
— Review of Contemporary Fiction
By one of the most original writers at work today, Your Face Tomorrow [is] as accomplished and sui generis as all his mature work [and the] most affecting narrative feat in Marías’s work to date.
— The New York Times Book Review
This brilliant trilogy must be one of the greatest novels of our age.
— Antony Beevor - The Sunday Telegraph [London]
I would like to forget this novel but it is hard to get it out of one’s
mind. We wait uneasily for Volume Three.
— Margaret Drabble - Times Literary Supplement
New Directions, 9780811217491, 288pp.
Publication Date: May 17, 2008
About the Author
Margaret Jull Costa, who has translated José Saramago and Machado de Assis, lives in England.