Your Face Tomorrow #1 Fever and Spear

Category: Book
Translated By: Costa, Margaret J
By (author): Marias, Javier
Series: New Directions Books
Subject:  FICTION / General
  FICTION / In Translation / Latin American
  FICTION / Literary
Publisher: WW Norton
Published: August 2007
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 7.98in x 5.21in x 1.14in
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From The Publisher*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--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-more-perilous 21st century. This compelling and enigmatic tour de force from one of Europe's greatest writers continues with Volume Two, Dance and Dream.
Review Quote*Marías's most extravagant showcase for ‘literary thinking' so far. It also serves as a compelling introduction to his writing. - Wyatt Mason (The New Yorker)

Fever and Spear entangles and fascinates readers and critics who have variously compared it with the novels of Dostoevsky, Proust and Beckett. - Ian Mitchell (Times Literary Supplement)

Your Face Tomorrow is already being compared to Proust's A la recherche du temps perdu, and rightly so. - The Observer

The overall effect recalls the cerebral play of Borges, the dark humor of Pynchon, and meditative lyricism of Proust. - Review of Contemporary Fiction

By one of the most original writers at work today, Your Face Tomorrow [is] as accomplished and sui generis as all his mature work [and the] most affecting narrative feat in Marías's work to date. - The New York Times Book Review

This brilliant trilogy must be one of the greatest novels of our age. - Antony Beevor (The Sunday Telegraph [London])
Biographical NoteMargaret Jull Costa is an award-winning translator of Portuguese and Spanish literature. She lives in the United Kingdom.