Written Lives

In twenty-odd short essays, Marías tells the lives of famous authors, as if they were fictional characters. His technique is to capture each writer in a characteristic pose. Malcolm Lowry is ‘beset by calamity’, Nabokov is ‘in raptures’, Thomas Mann is ‘in his suffering’ and Robert Louis Stevenson is ‘among criminals’. Javier Marías writes in his foreword that ‘although I have enjoyed writing all my books, this was the one with which I had the most fun.’

Other Titles of Interest

The Infatuations

Javier Marías, translated by Margaret Jull Costa

From the publisher:

Every day, Maria Dolz stops for breakfast at the same cafe. ...