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The Man of Feeling

Javier Marias (author); Margaret Jull Costa (translator)

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ISBN 10: 0811215318 / ISBN 13: 9780811215312
Published by New Directions (New York), 2003
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: The Man of Feeling

Publisher: New Directions (New York)

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Marías's riveting novel about an opera singer and an extramarital affair.

Glinting like a moonstone with layers of emotion, The Man of Feeling is a sleek and strange tale of cosmopolitan love. An affair between a married woman and a young man just becoming an opera star (curiously helped along by the husband's factotum) meets with adamant resistance from the implacable husband.

Narrated by the young opera singer, the novel opens as he recalls traveling on a train from Milan to Venice, silently absorbed for hours by the woman asleep opposite his seat. In the measured tones of memory, The Man of Feeling revolves on the poles of anticipation and recollection. The peculiar rarified life lived in the world's luxury hotels, a life of rehearsal and performance, the constant travel and ghost-like detachment of our protagonist adds a deeper tone to the novel's weave of desire and detachment, of consideration and reconsideration: its epigraph cites William Hazlitt: "I think myself into love,/And I dream myself out of it." As Marías remarks in a brief afterword, this is a love story "in which love is neither seen nor experienced, but announced and remembered." Can love be recalled truly when it no longer exists? That twist will continue to revolve in the reader's mind, conjuring up in its disembodied way Henry James' The Turn of the Screw. Beautifully translated into English for the first time by Margaret Jull Costa, this fascinating and eerie early novel by Javier Marías bears out his reputation for the "dazzling" (TLS) and "startling" (The New York Times).

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Set in Madrid, passion and power frame this sophisticated, and at times perverse, comedy of manners. "Javier Marias is in my opinion one of the bet contemporary writers." --J.M. Coetzee. Marias is winner of the Dublin IMPAC award for A Heart So White.

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