Fever and Spear

Fever and Spear By Javier Marías Margaret Jull Costa, Fever and Spear Part spy novel part romance part Henry James Your Face Tomorrow is a wholly remarkable display of the immense gifts of Javier Marias With Fever and Spear Volume One of his unfolding novel Your Fac
  • Title: Fever and Spear
  • Author: Javier Marías Margaret Jull Costa
  • ISBN: 9780811216128
  • Page: 308
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  • Fever and Spear By Javier Marías Margaret Jull Costa, Part spy novel, part romance, part Henry James, Your Face Tomorrow is a wholly remarkable display of the immense gifts of Javier Marias With Fever and Spear, Volume One of his unfolding novel Your Face Tomorrow, he returns us to the rarified world of Oxford the delightful setting of All Souls and Dark Back of Time , while introducing us to territory entirely new espionaPart spy novel, part romance, part Henry James, Your Face Tomorrow is a wholly remarkable display of the immense gifts of Javier Marias With Fever and Spear, Volume One of his unfolding novel Your Face Tomorrow, he returns us to the rarified world of Oxford the delightful setting of 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 perilous 21st century This compelling and enigmatic tour de force from one of Europe s greatest writers continues with Volume Two, Dance and Dream.
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    1. Javier Marías Margaret Jull Costa

      Javier Mar as was born in Madrid His father was the philosopher Juli n Mar as, who was briefly imprisoned and then banned from teaching for opposing Franco Parts of his childhood were spent in the United States, where his father taught at various institutions, including Yale University and Wellesley College His mother died when Javier was 26 years old He was educated at the Colegio Estudio in Madrid.Mar as began writing in earnest at an early age The Life and Death of Marcelino Iturriaga , one of the short stories in While the Women are Sleeping 2010 , was written when he was just 14 He wrote his first novel, Los dominios del lobo The Dominions of the Wolf , at age 17, after running away to Paris Mar as operates a small publishing house under the name of Reino de Redonda He also writes a weekly column in El Pa s An English version of his column La Zona Fantasma is published in the monthly magazine The Believer.

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    1. Not Smiley s PeopleFour themes in different keys The question is whether there is harmony or discord.Opening with an over scrupulous Proustian introduction, the protagonist, Deza, considers the disintegration of his marriage He tries to formulate a theory of the case, to name the cause, as it were He declares that things only exist once they have been named But names, particularly proper names, are an issue for him Deza is variously Jaime, Jacobo, Jacques, and Jack depending on the company he ke [...]


    2. A difficult yet very rewarding read It took me so many days to finish this I thought it would only take me around 10 days to finish this book but it dragged on to almost a month The reason The frequent appearance of beautiful passages that I have to stop reading and think through them Pause Think of what Marias is saying Do a self reflection More often than not, whenever I do a self reflection at night, I have to close my tired eyes Then because I ve been reading a lot, it is very hard to open t [...]


    3. I can t help it, Javier Marias voice seduces me It s a purely cerebral seduction, but still sexy in its smooth feverish unspooling of its own explorations of itself inside my head Admittedly, to actually read the whole of this book requires a seduction, and a willingness on the part of the reader to cede control of his her own reading experience to the overwhelming, unrelenting voice for this voice s self love a self love that is also selfless to be loved by another It s all in the voice, and if [...]


    4. So yeah, I suppose that if you write an actionless, multi volume novel with a vulgarly high comma to period ratio and no actual events save a party and stuffy rich erudite people yakking, you must be consciously placing yourself in a specific European literary tradition, and inviting certain comparisons to some celebrated, endless plotlessness that has come before So yes, to answer the question blazing in everyone s mind if Marcel Proust were Spanish and writing a twenty first century spy novel, [...]


    5. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Your Face Tomorrow which is not to say it s a title easily recommended I had the luxury of reading all three volumes one after the other and over a relatively short period of time I think my enjoyment was enhanced by this opportunity The individual volumes are not episodic or self contained I suspect readers who picked up these volumes as they were translated published were probably left wondering what what they had got themselves into The books are not volumes in a [...]


    6. A novel in which the narrator analysed himself with a sharpness and honesty that are a feast for the soul Such a book can probably not be written at the age of 25, he must have lived and suffered out such a masterpiece.


    7. The need for a Marias book is a physical uncompromising yearning, A novel 1,200 pages long broken down into three volumes Can you imagine, three volumes of Marias magic to quell the need A magic carpet ride for a month or .Marias jumps in right away through his main character Deza, can the truth be derived at from the gathering of facts rather than the circumlocutions of impressions Does one, after memorizing all the detail and facts of a painting, aware of each brushstroke and its assimilation [...]


    8. The first 16 pages or so I found rough sledding because they contain almost no concrete detail These pages are all about not trusting others, keeping your mouth shut, how readily others will betray you and so forth Though this opening passage sets the tone for the novel well it is a cerebral, highly digressive, novel of ideas, obsessed with history, its retention and denial, its wholesale manufacture and dissemination it is not what you would call a boffo opening It s rather dead, actually Howev [...]


    9. I believe Marias will be the next European writer of my generation after Orhan Pamuk to win the Nobel Prize This novel comes in three volumes, but Javier insists it is a single text How can you not be intrigued by a 1,000 page novel that begins with the sentence One should never tell anyone anything or give information or pass on stories or make people remember beings who have never existed or trodden the earth or traversed the world, or who, having done so, are now almost safe in uncertain, one [...]


    10. Myriad readers of the Essays by Montaigne have remarked, how d he know This implies some spooky insight into our interior motivations that the Mayor of Bordeaux anticipated 400 years ago It translates into vanity That said, I felt often over the last few days that Javier Marias was privy to many of my own streams of though This is an astonishing treatise on language, memory and history.


    11. Hen z ok ba nday m ama unu s yleyebilirim ki son senelerde okudu um en g zel, en yo un ve en muntazam edebiyat metini bu Anlat m dili insan heyecanland ran kusursuzlukta Elbette bunun en nemli sebeplerinden biri kitab eviren Roza Hakmen in s n rlar tesi evirisi Kay p Zaman n zinde evirisiyle, alt edilemeyecek bir r t ispat yapan Hakmen in Proust dan sonra okudu um, en az onun kadar arp c e siz evirisi estetik zevkin doru u.


    12. I am a spy Who knew Not for country or a cause, though causes abound Just an observer of the passing panoply of life And there are others interpreters of people , translators of lives , anticipators of histories And might we prove useful to you A fee, perhaps, for our art.The woman is desperate for attention, she d invent the craziest fantasies just to be noticed.The guy has principles and would definitely never succumb to a bribe, I d stake my life on it.I wouldn t even cross the street with th [...]


    13. Un d a Javier Mar as se dijo, al parecer, que le gustar a, o le hubiese gustado, ser fil sofo como su padre, Juli n Mar as, pero como no debe tener la paciencia o la disciplina para escribir tratados de filosof a, se le ocurri que podr a incluir en sus novelas todo ese f rrago de ideas y contraideas que le rondaban y le siguen rondando v ase su ltima novela, si no por la cabeza, y es as que por los ltimos quince a os m s o menos tenemos los que admiramos su anterior novel stica, que leer sus nov [...]


    14. Not much of a plot development so far A Spanish intellectual named Jaime Deza has separated from his wife and moved to London to work for the BBC His father was imprisoned by the Franco regime for a period after the Spanish Civil War He s getting involved with a group within the British intelligence service who is in charge of reading the character of various individuals That s pretty much it so far But who cares for plots Plots are for those who can t write Deza knows some old intellectuals fro [...]


    15. Volume 1 of the Your Face Tomorrow trilogy, which apparently isn t a trilogy at all but is meant to be read as one long novel Which means that there was a long wait in between volumes for the people who were buying and reading these as they came out, as the first one was published in English in 2005 and the third one in 2009 Luckily I didn t start reading volume one until I had all three of them.Having said that, it probably doesn t matter all that much as in volume 1 anyway , there is very litt [...]


    16. This is not for everyone, this novel, and I don t mean this in a denigrating way This novel is 400 pages long and yet there s hardly any action in it almost all of the time we are in the head of the Spanish emigr Deza, finding our way through his observations and thoughts, in sentences of sometimes over half a page Curious coincidence the main character bears the same French first name Jacques as that of W.G Sebald in Austerlitz , and it happens that after a few dozen pages I spontaneously thoug [...]


    17. i m torn marias is an original, he s spanish, and he very much loves books and people but, no i cannot commit his prose and thoughts are just too unfocused he digresses and digresses and digresses and digresses on a subject and it feels a mere jumble of breezy pontifications does it stick in the brain in the guts how much of himself does he truly invest how much is on the line a marias n mailer hybrid would be interesting these two books contain lots of virtuoso scenes and i m eagerly awaiting t [...]



    18. At what point does daring become excess When exactly does the courage of persistence become nothing than a hopeless snape hunt These are not really the themes facing the characters in Javier Marias Your Face Tomorrow Fever and Spear but the questions that intrepid readers of this unique novel will consider if they choose to read it to its completely open end Is Marias a genius or just an intellectual asshole The truth has got to be somewhere inbetween, or maybe it s actually both things at once [...]


    19. Jaime Deza, the protagonist of this novel, has this power of reading people His mentor, an old man, is the same They can know people s history and psychology and what they re capable of just by observing them and hearing them talk Nothing happens much in this the first volume of the story What is certain is that by the end of the third volume, someone will be betrayed and will pay the price for careless talk This is ultimately a spy story, but it s James Bond in the role of a psychologist.Mar as [...]


    20. ki isel hikayelerden yap lan toplumsal kar mlar , derin analizleri ile beni yakalayan, zaman zaman uzun diyaloglar ile s kan, hi bir karakterine yak nl k hissedemedi im ama bir ekilde elimden de b rakamad m bi okuma deneyimi oldu yine de, ikinci cilde ba lamak i in sab rs zlan yorum


    21. Marias, i in diyebilecek hi bir eyim yok Benim yilin en iyi kitaplarindan biriydi Marias, dikkat edilmesi gereken bir yazar Okurken sadece okuru zorlamiyor, onun dilinde kaybolup gidiyorsunuz.Bu yil tekrar okuyarak yorumumu girecegim


    22. I m on a bit of a Tolkien thing and this book mentions Tolkien but I haven t seen The Hobbit yet so let s imagine for the moment that Peter Jackson sets out the first Hobbit movie like this Gandalf comes into Bilbo s humdrum life and arranges for Bilbo to be present at a party with dwarves He tells Bilbo to pay close attention to a dwarf named Thorin Bilbo spends most of his time being annoyed by the antics of the other dwarves, but he does manage to meet Thorin for a minute in which Thorin sugg [...]


    23. while not much speaking of action, that is happens in the fiction of javier mar as, his gifted prose, resplendent style, and philosophical inquests combine to make him a novelist of great import fever and spear fiebre y lanza , the first volume of his ambitious masterwork, your face tomorrow tu rostro ma ana , revisits characters from previous books and quickly sets a ruminative tone concerning the nature of communication, loyalty, verisimilitude, observation, and deduction, fever and spear veer [...]


    24. I read a review of this years ago, and vaguely thought about reading it, then opted not to When I read a review of the third volume I finally caved in and decided to buy it I only got round to reading it when Philip Roth had made me so disgusted with writers of English that I felt the need to clean out my brain I originally thought I wouldn t read it because people said it was like Sebald Well yes, inasmuch as Marias is concerned with style and ideas The difference is that Marias ideas and style [...]


    25. marias is a great writer proustian is an obvious and deserved comparison he has the insight, the intelligence and the confidence to take his time setting it all down i ve only read this, the first of a three part novel it is cerebral, uncontrollably digressive it is smoothly translated the plot so far involves madrid, london, oxford, WW2, the spanish civil war, intelligence agencies but to my regret, to some extent to my shame, i found it boring and a chore to get through partly it is the curse [...]


    26. twitterezumat purt m n vene chipul nostru probabil de m ine iar timpul, ispita i mprejur rile duc la nf ptuirea lui.vreo 2000 de pagini are trilogia lui javier mar as, tradus complet anul acesta despre extraordinarul nostru hispanist andrei ionescul umit c recunosc c teva personaje din tocmai finalizatul roman al oxfordului, sunt de a dreptul cufundat n proza p stoas i lipicioas a spanioluluimanul are dou p r i prima, febr , este de fapt un prolog ce con ine ancora n romanul oxfordului, din care [...]


    27. On the cover of this novel, the publisher boldly states that Marias should be the next winner of the Nobel prize Hmmmm On the strength of reading this, the first of a 3 volume work, I m not at all convinced Marias writes in a labyrinthine, highly ponderous style which already demands a great deal of patience from the reader In addition, the ideas he presents are tangled and it is not often clear where one idea begins and another ends The premise of the novel is that the main character can someho [...]


    28. La lectura de Tu rostro ma ana me ha servido para confirmar que las novelas de Javier Mar as no son para m Reconozco su calidad literaria, la riqueza de vocabulario de la que el autor hace alarde, su perfecta construcci n de las frases, pero me irrita la falta de argumento, de acci n, de aut ntica historia Sus novelas son un compendio de disquisiones, reflexiones sobre lo divino y lo humano, remembranzas y opiniones, muchas de un tono excesivamente pedante y que muestran un desprecio absoluto po [...]


    29. V ldigt tr ffs ker och v lskriven spionroman som jag hoppas blir versatt till svenska Mar as har gjort sig k nd som en essayist, och h r blir det v ldigt tydligt varf r mnen broderas ut i o ndlighet, ltas och upprepas, utan att f rdenskull k nnas l ngdragna Jag stryker den femte stj rnan dock, eftersom jag tycker att Mari s kvinnoportr tt bitvis r platta p ett s tt som inte kan f rl tas en modern f rfattare OBS huvudkarakt ren r densamme som i Alla sj lar, s l s den f rst om du vill l sa denna.U [...]


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