Fever and Spear (Your Face Tomorrow, Book 1) by Javier Marías

By Javier Marías

A bold masterwork through Javier Marias: "Spain's such a lot refined and talented writer." (The Boston Globe)Part secret agent novel, half romance, half Henry James, Your Face the next day is a unconditionally awesome reveal of the enormous presents of Javier Marias. With Fever and Spear, quantity one in every of his unfolding novel Your Face day after today, he returns us to the rarified international of Oxford (the pleasant atmosphere of All Souls and darkish again of Time), whereas introducing us to territory totally new—espionage.

Our hero, Jaime Deza, separated from his spouse in Madrid, is a section adrift in London until eventually his outdated buddy Sir Peter Wheeler—retired Oxford don and semi-retired grasp spy—recruits him for a brand new profession in British Intelligence. Deza possesses an extraordinary present for seeing at the back of the mask humans put on. he's quickly staring at interviews carried out through Her Majesty's mystery provider: variously shady foreign businessmen someday, would-be coup leaders the subsequent. Seductively, this metaphysical mystery explores previous, current, and destiny within the ever-more-perilous twenty first century. This compelling and enigmatic journey de strength from one in every of Europe's maximum writers maintains with quantity , Dance and Dream.

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Since large dowries were customary, it was not at all unusual in the Liibeck of Buddenlwooks that first cousins married each other lest the money be lost to the family. Thus, Bob Hagenstrom becomes engaged to Zerline Hagenstrom, daughter of his uncle Moritz. The disastrous marriage between Consul Justus Kroger and his wife, Rosalie, ·who have not spoken to each other for years, becomes a leitmotif of the book. Only two couples seem to deviate from the norm. The marriage of Johann's half-brother, Gotthold, to Demoiselle Stiiwing is called "a love match," and Gotthold dies in the arms of his good-natured but not very intelligent wife.

To Hanno Buddenbrook music is the source and the focus of his sexual drives. Like his mother he pours all his suppressed sensuality into music. With the precocity and early disillusionment which is peculiar to many of the children in Mann's works, he seems thoroughly familiar with the pleasures of sex of which he has never partaken. There are two scenes which show Hanno at the small organ, indulging in musical fantasies. They are too long to be quoted here, but the careful reader will discover that they are accurate, step-by-step descriptions of the sex act, including the ensuing fatigue.

Gerda's passion for music and musical theory is equalled by Imma's for mathematics, which is not unrelated to music. But perhaps their most outstanding common characteristic is the "Sprodigkeit" (English knows no equivalent to this expressive German word), a wall of hardness and reserve which they build around themselves as a protection against too much intimacy. We have already spoken of Gerda's coolness toward everyone, including her husband. Imma is a more temperamental type. Her moods and impulses come to the surface, and she is quite capable of change, while Gerda remains always the same.

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