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A Heart so White is the breathtaking international bestseller and IMPAC Award-winning masterpiece by Javier Marias, whose highly-anticipated new novel The Infatuations is published in 2013. This Penguin Modern Classics edition features a new Introduction by Jonathan Coe. A Heart so White begins as, In the middle of a family lunch Teresa, just married, goes to the bathroom, unbuttons her blouse and shoots herself in the heart. What made her kill herself immediately after her honeymoon? Years later, this mystery fascinates the young newlywed Juan, whose father was married to Teresa before he married Juan's mother. As Juan edges closer to the truth, he begins to question his own relationships, and whether he really wants to know what happened. Haunting and unsettling, A Heart So White is a breathtaking portrayal of two generations, two marriages, the relentless power of the past and the terrible price of knowledge.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 01/08/2012 ISBN-13: 9780141199955  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Javier Marias is the author of sixteen works in Spanish, which have been translated into forty-two languages including English. His translated English works are All Souls, A Heart So White, Tomorrow in the Battle Think on Me, When I Was Mortal, Dark Back of Time, The Man of Feeling, Voyage Along the Horizon, Written Lives, the Your Face Tomorrow trilogy (Fever and Spear, Dance and Dream and Poison, Shadow and Farewell), Bad Nature, While the Women Are Sleeping, The Infatuations, Thus Bad Begins and, Venice, An Interior. Javier Marias has received numerous literary prizes including the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Prix Formentor. He lives and works as a translator and columnist in Madrid.

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With a suicide by gunshot in its opening sentence and the revelation of smouldering secrets at its conclusion, this novel is the best kind of thriller. However, what sets it apart is that it is also and perhaps above all a relentless and formidably convincing depiction of how a disquieted mind thinks and worries, shapes and reshapes life with language, written in the kind of brilliantly fixated prose only Marias can offer.

Juan is a translator and interpreter, newly married to Luisa, who shares his profession and whose presence in his life has Juan contemplating the meaning and consequences of marriage. Luisa also prompts him to press his father, Ranz, for details about his dramatic family history, whose scandals and tragedies were, it soon becomes clear, only hinted at in the unforgettable opening scene.

Marias is an expert writer of ruminative prose who worries at points like an obsessive picking at a thread. The scene describing the flirtatious first meeting of Luisa and Ranz, in which neither says a word to the other and two world leaders enact a proxy romance on their behalf, is reason enough to pick it up. If you enjoy the prose style of W G Sebald, the trappings of noir, Macbeth, overheard conversations and deadly pillow talk, this is the novel for you.

James, Charing Cross Road

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 11/05/2017

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