Marias loses the plot in wordy twists and turns

The Infatuations by Javier Marias, translated by Margaret Jull Costa. Hamish Hamilton, €16.35. Reviewed by Kevin Power.

10th March, 2013
Javier Marias: his prose aims for Proustian density. Photo: Getty

The Infatuations by Javier Marias, translated by Margaret Jull Costa

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Javier Marias writes sentences that tend to finish up a long way from where they started. Here's a fairly typical example: "And then she told me or, rather, started to tell me, astonished by my evident confusion and exclamations of ignorance, because it was getting late and her position in the publishing house was even more precarious than mine and she didn't want to run...

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