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The Infatuations by Javier Marias

The Infatuations

by Javier Marias

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10 Hrs. 35 Min.


From the award-winning Spanish writer Javier Mar̀as comes an extraordinary new book that has been a literary sensation around the world: an immersive, provocative novel propelled by a seemingly random murder that we come to understand - or do we? - through one woman's ever-unfurling imagination and infatuations.

At the Madrid cafe where she stops for breakfast each day before work, Mar̀a Dolz finds herself drawn to a couple who is also there every morning. Though she can hardly explain it, observing what she imagines to be their "unblemished" life lifts her out of the doldrums of her own existence. But what begins as mere observation turns into an increasingly complicated entanglement when the man is fatally stabbed in the street. Mar̀a approaches the widow to offer her condolences, and at the couple's home she meets - and falls in love with - another man who sheds disturbing new light on the crime. As Mar̀a recounts this story, we are given a murder mystery brilliantly reimagined as metaphysical enquiry, a novel that grapples with questions of love and death, guilt and obsession, chance and coincidence, how we are haunted by our losses, and above all, the slippery essence of the truth and how it is told.

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  • Published: August 2013
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: T071066
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