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Dark back of time

Author: Javier Marías; Esther Allen
Publisher: New York : New Directions, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Javier Marias begins Dark Back of Time with the tale of the odd effects of publishing All Souls, his 1989 Oxford novel. All Souls is a book Marias swears to be fiction, but which its "characters" - the real-life professors and bookshop owners who have "recognized themselves" - fiercely maintain to be a roman a clef. They claim certain roles for their own - and for others: the narrator's mistress has been firmly
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Genre/Form: Autobiographical fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Javier Marías; Esther Allen
ISBN: 0811214664 9780811214667 0811215709 9780811215701
OCLC Number: 45637089
Description: 336 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 21 cm.
Other Titles: Negra espalda del tiempo.
Responsibility: Javier Marías ; translated from the Spanish by Esther Allen.

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"Javier Marias begins Dark Back of Time with the tale of the odd effects of publishing All Souls, his 1989 Oxford novel. All Souls is a book Marias swears to be fiction, but which its "characters" - the real-life professors and bookshop owners who have "recognized themselves" - fiercely maintain to be a roman a clef. They claim certain roles for their own - and for others: the narrator's mistress has been firmly identified as a certain don's wife. Marias marvels as a world that seemed nearly asleep is set into fretful motion by a world that never "existed."".

"Yet this backwash of All Souls only begins an odyssey into the nature of identity ("We do not know anyone entirely, not even ourselves") and of time. And it is time which Marias manipulates with the flair of Sterne: he weaves together autobiography (the brother who died as a child; the loss of his mother), a legendary kingdom, strange ghostly literary figures, a one-eyed pilot, a curse in Havana, a bullet lost in Mexico. An ironic puzzle, Dark Back of Time explores the powers of art and reality as well as of memories, which become only more mysterious the more Marias remembers."--BOOK JACKET.

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