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  • Publisher's description. From one of Spain's most acclaimed literary voices comes a rich and complex portrait of mutual deception, toxic love and cruel, lingering guilt. A youth caught in the middle of someone else's bitter marriage; a beautiful woman scorned; a man torn between conscience and will. Step into the melancholic, unforgiving world of Javier Marías.

  • Marías returns with another masterful tapestry of noir-ish twists and digressive cerebration

    The Millions
  • Elegant and beautiful, reminiscent of Proust... Magnificent

    Daily Mail
  • One of Marias's most enjoyable and accessible novels

    Financial Times
  • Marias is relentless in his pursuit of literary and psychological truth

    Sunday Times
  • Ferociously addictive, troubling [and] seductive... It works as high literary fiction, constantly picking apart our assumptions about story and fiction, but also offering good old-fashioned plot'

  • A powerful study of history and memory from a literary giant

    Sunday Times
  • Easily as engrossing as anything he's written before... He manages to tread the tightrope between a very literary fiction and an utterly absorbing plot

    The Times
  • Alfred Hitchcock would be a home with Marias - but so too might Harold Pinter...It's a rare trick to pull off, this combination of suspense, analysis and metaphysics that aims both high at the brow and low at the gut

  • Almodóvar-esque

    New York Magazine

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