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The Infatuations
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From the award-winning Spanish writer Javier Marías 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 café where she stops for breakfast each day before work, María 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. María 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 María 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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Unabridged
Street Date:
08/13/2013
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Javier Marías. (2013). The Infatuations. Unabridged Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group.

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Javier Marías. 2013. The Infatuations. Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group.

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Javier Marías, The Infatuations. Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, 2013.

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Javier Marías. The Infatuations. Unabridged Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, 2013.

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At the Madrid café where she stops for breakfast each day before work, María 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. María 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 María 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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      • source: Edward St. Aubyn, on the cover of The New York Times Book Review
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        "Whatever else we may think is going on when we read, we are choosing to spend time in an author's company. In Javier Marías's case this is a good decision; his mind is insightful, witty, sometimes startling, sometimes hilarious, and always intelligent . . . The masterly Spanish novelist [has] a penetrating empathy."

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      • source: Fresh Air/NPR
      • content: "The Infatuations is mysterious and seductive; it's got deception, it's got love affairs, it's got murder--the book is the most sheerly addictive thing Marías has ever written . . . Marías is a star writer in Europe, where his best-sellers collect prizes the way Kardashians collect paparazzi. He's been hailed in America, too, yet he's never broken through like Haruki Murakami or Roberto Bolaño. This should change with his new novel, The Infatuations, which is the ideal introduction to his work."
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      • source: The Guardian (Summer Reading Issue)
      • content: "The work of a master in his prime, this is a murder story that becomes an enthralling vehicle for all the big questions about life, love, fate, and death."
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      • source: Kirkus Reviews (starred)
      • content: "Blindingly intelligent, engagingly accessible--it seems there's nothing Marías can't make fiction do . . . Marías's rare gift is his ability to make intellectual jousting as suspenseful as the chase scenes in a commercial thriller."
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      • source: The Observer
      • content: "A haunting masterpiece . . . The lasting challenge to literature is to achieve a satisfying marriage between high art and the low drives of a simple plot. The Infatuations is just such a novel . . . Just as Macbeth is a thriller that's also a great tragedy, The Infatuations is a murder story that's also a profound story of fatal obsession . . . Don Quixote was first published as long ago as 1620. I wouldn't be surprised if The Infatuations soon acquired an equally devoted following."
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        "Extraordinary . . . Marías has defined the ethos of our time."
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      • source: Booklist (starred)
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        "Marías [is] a consummate stylist . . . Magic, stupendous."
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      • source: The Sunday Times (London)
      • content: "Absorbing and unnerving . . . A labyrinthine exploration, at once thrilling and melancholy, of the meanings of one man's death--and a vivid testimony to the power of stories, for good or ill, to weave the world into our thoughts and our thoughts into the world."
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      • source: Publishers Weekly
      • content: "A novel that further secures Marías's position as one of contemporary fiction's most relevant voices."
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      • source: Bookforum
      • content: "Hypnotic . . . The Infatuations plays off Marías's enchantingly sinuous sentences. They suck you in and lull you along with their rhythm, which gives the unusual and palpable awareness of how masterfully Marías has made time itself his peculiar object of investigation . . . Powerful."
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      • source: ABC Cultural (Spain)
      • content: "A masterpiece . . . Here, great literature once again shows its true face."
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      • source: Financial Times
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        "Keeps us guessing until almost the last page. Yet what lingers in the reader's mind is not the murder mystery, compelling though it is. Rather, it is the author's examination of the ebb and flow of flawed relationships; the chances that bring us together and the fates (in this case, murderous intent) that pull us apart."
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      • source: El País
      • content: "I ended up getting angry with myself for not having rationed the reading so it would last longer."
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      • content: "Uniquely luminous . . . Like Beethoven, Marías is a brilliant escape artist . . . But Marías is original; he cannot help it."
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      • source: Spectator
      • content: "The Infatuations is a metaphysical exploration masquerading as a murder mystery . . . Quietly addictive."
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      • source: Scotland on Sunday
      • content: "Smart, thoughtful, morally challenging, and consistently surprising in its tense twists."
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      • source: AudioFile Magazine
      • content: The natural pacing so effortlessly applied by performer Justine Eyre lends this novel a tone of easy storytelling that lulls one into book-listening bliss. Her soft, intimate tones enhance the feeling of being read a tender, suspenseful tale, an approach that contrasts sharply with Marias's dark and mesmerizing saga but works well. The author's graceful prose and fluid cadences engross the listener. A violent act in front of a placid Madrid cafe entangles Maria and the victim's widow. The two engage in metaphysical introspection and divergent conjecture on the murderer's motivations and the quarry's last thoughts. A.W. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine
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      • source: Publisher's Weekly
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        June 24, 2013
        Marías (While the Women Are Sleeping) shows that death is hardest on those left living. Each morning María Dolz has breakfast at a cafe watching perfect couple Miguel and Luisa. One morning Miguel is stabbed to death on his birthday by a knife-wielding panhandler, a seemingly random act of madness. This rupture in María’s idyllic voyeurism causes her to intersect her life with Luisa’s, enmeshing herself in the murder’s aftermath. Yet, as the story unfolds it becomes clear that nothing is certain but death. With philosophical rigor, Marías uses the page-turning twists of crime fiction to interrogate the weighty concepts of grief, culpability, and mortality. Indeed, scattered throughout are metafictional reflections on the limits and power of literature’s hypotheticals, while María’s job at a publishing company provides comic relief in its caricatures of the vanities of writers. The novel’s power lies in its melding of readable momentum and existential depth. Through Costa’s lucid translation, the prose exhibits Marías’s trademark clarity and digressive uncertainty; a novel that further secures Marías’s position as one of contemporary fiction’s most relevant voices.

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At the Madrid café where she stops for breakfast each day before work, María 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. María 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 María recounts this...

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