Your Face Tomorrow (Paperback)

Poison, Shadow, and Farewell

By Javier Marías, Margaret Jull Costa (Translated by)

New Directions, 9780811219242, 554pp.

Publication Date: June 8, 2011

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Your Face Tomorrow, Javier Marías’s daring novel in three parts culminates triumphantly in this much-anticipated final volume.

Poison, Shadow, and Farewell, with its heightened tensions between meditations and noir narrative, with its wit and and ever deeper forays into the mysteries of consciousness, brings to a stunning finale Marías’s three-part Your Face Tomorrow. Already this novel has been acclaimed “exquisite“ (Publishers Weekly), “gorgeous” (Kirkus), and “outstanding: another work of urgent originality” (London Independent). Poison, Shadow, and Farewell takes our hero Jaime Deza—hired by MI6 as a person of extraordinarily sophisticated powers of perception—back to Madrid to both spy on and try to protect his own family, and into new depths of love and loss, with a fluency on the subject of death that could make a stone weep.

About the Author

Javier Marías is an award-winning Spanish novelist. He is also a translator and columnist, as well as the current king of Redonda. He was born in Madrid in 1951 and published his first novel at the age of nineteen. He has held academic posts in Spain, the US (he was a visiting professor at Wellesley College) and Britain, as a lecturer in Spanish Literature at Oxford University. He has been translated into 34 languages, and more than six million copies of his books have been sold worldwide. In 1997 he won the Nelly Sachs Award; the Comunidad de Madrid award in 1998; in 2000 the Grinzane Cavour Award, the Alberto Moravia Prize, and the Dublin IMPAC Award. He also won the Spanish National Translation Award in 1979 for his translation of Tristram Shandy in 1979. He was a professor at Oxford University and the Complutense of Madrid. He currently lives in Madrid.

Award-winning translator Margaret Jull Costa lives in England.

Praise For Your Face Tomorrow: Poison, Shadow, and Farewell

Poison, Shadow and Farewell delivers a payoff at the end, but the real challenge, and pleasure, is in getting there.

— Larry Rohter

This brilliant trilogy must be one of the greatest novels of our age.
— Antony Beevor

Like so much of Marías's extraordinary writing, it is unforgettable.
— Margaret Drabble

The strange mixture of high cultural references and Jaques' essentially thriller-like story line, make for a reading experience like no other.

This novel…crowns Marías's trilogy and his translator's lively English rendering of it with narrative honor.
— John Spurling

Like the other volumes in the sequence, Poison, Shadow and Farewell is as stealthy as any spy.

— Louise Welsh

This deeply strange creation…may very well be the first authentic literary masterpiece of the 21st century.
— James Lasdun

Quite unlike anything else today…. One of the finest novels of modern times.
— Tim Martin

A literary tour de force ... as much about the past from which we are made as the present we have become.

The conclusion…is to be reminded of the intricacy with which he has fitted his pieces into the larger part.
— Colin Torre

Marías's own seemingly infinite imaginings broaden and complicate the novel form—illuminating the undersides of the past and its characters.
— David Haglund

This talented and prolific "new Proust" has completed the third book of his monumental trilogy.... The long sentences and paragraphs dear to Marias, a wordsmith translator of Sterne's Tristram Shandy as well as works by Faulkner, Conrad, and Nabokov, are a delight to navigate as the author pursues with surgical precision his relentless quest to discover what motivates the actions of his characters. Recommended.

His most moving and personal work to date.
— Megan Doll

The fear and pain that Marías has built up for a thousand pages oozes out like oily fate.
— Justin McNeil

Your Face Tomorrow is already being compared to Proust’s A la recherche du temps perdu, and rightly so.

The overall effect recalls the cerebral play of Borges, the dark humor of Pynchon, and meditative lyricism of Proust.”

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.

He mediates thriller or noir scenarios through a formidably erudite and elegant and sophisticated consciousness.
— Mark Ford

Here's the wonderfully parenthetical operations of a human mind in the 21st century.
— Mauro Javier Cardenas

A seriousness of purpose, an eagerness to engage with ... metaphysical questions and to incorporate them into a gripping story.
— Tess Lewis