Your Face Tomorrow: Fever and Spear / Dance and Dream / Poison, Shadow, and Farewell

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The three volumes of Javier Mar?as's masterpiece Your Face Tomorrow, in a shrinkwrapped paperback set.
Few books in recent decades have excited the interest of readers and the raves of reviewers like Javier Mar?as?s Your Face Tomorrow: ?This brilliant trilogy must be one of the greatest novels of our age? (Antony Beevor, The London Sunday Telegraph). Now available complete?all three paperback volumes in a shrinkwrapped set?Your Face Tomorrow in...

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Overview

The three volumes of Javier Marías's masterpiece Your Face Tomorrow, in a shrinkwrapped paperback set.
Few books in recent decades have excited the interest of readers and the raves of reviewers like Javier Marías’s Your Face Tomorrow: “This brilliant trilogy must be one of the greatest novels of our age” (Antony Beevor, The London Sunday Telegraph). Now available complete—all three paperback volumes in a shrinkwrapped set—Your Face Tomorrow in its full trilogy, one of the greatest literary masterpieces of our time.
In Volume 1, Fever and Spear, Marías returns us to the rarified world of Oxford (the delightful setting of his All Souls and Dark Back of Time), while introducing us to territory entirely new—espionage. Our hero, Jaime Deza, separated from his wife in Madrid, is a bit adrift in London until his old friend Sir Peter Wheeler—retired Oxford don and semi-retired master spy—recruits him for a new career in British Intelligence. Deza possesses a rare gift for seeing behind the masks people wear. He is soon observing interviews conducted by Her Majesty's secret service: variously shady international businessmen one day, would-be coup leaders the next. Seductively, this metaphysical thriller explores past, present, and future in the ever-more-perilous 21st century.
This compelling and enigmatic tour de force from one of Europe's greatest writers continues with Volume 2, Dance and Dream. The book now takes a wild swerve in this new volume. Skillfully constructed around a central perplexing and mesmerizing scene in a nightclub, Dance and Dream again features Deza, who 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.Volume 3, 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 trilogy. Acclaimed as “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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811219297
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 6/28/2011
  • Edition description: Three-book shrink-wrapped set
  • Pages: 1242
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 3.50 (d)

Meet 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.

Margaret Jull Costa is an award-winning translator of Portuguese and Spanish literature. She lives in the United Kingdom.

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