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Your Face Tomorrow, Volume 2: Dance and…

Your Face Tomorrow, Volume 2: Dance and Dream (2002)

by Javier Marías

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I'm mostly ready for part three. This is an incredibly dense series and I'll write a review on book three. ( )
  veranasi | Jan 17, 2014 |
Writing a review for this book is pretty silly; it really is the middle of a novel. You get the thrill neither of a beginning, nor of an ending; there's no cliffhanger as there was at the end of Fever and Spear. You can't read this without having read the first volume.

That said, it retains all the strengths of that first volume: intelligent, funny, witty, affecting, and beautifully translated. The drawbacks here: the character this volume focuses on - Tupra, in the main - isn't as much fun as the Oxford dons that the first volume featured; and the thinking here is a little less original. Whereas the first volume seemed to be more of a critique of pomo nonsense, this volume sometimes indulges in it. ( )
  stillatim | Dec 29, 2013 |
The second part of what may well be the slowest-moving action thriller in modern literature describes the first few minutes of the conversation between the narrator and the lady who rang his doorbell at the end of part one (for the remainder we will have to wait for part three) and takes us through about twenty minutes of a night on the town with an Italian couple.

Of course, it's not really the foreground story that's important here, but the opportunity it gives the narrator to develop further his ideas about loyalty and betrayal, and to reflect on the meaning of violence and the different ways we respond to it, as perpetrators, victims, witnesses, or merely those who hear or see a report of it. Beautifully written and — apparently — seamlessly translated into English, but I certainly wouldn't advise anyone to read this without having first read part one. ( )
  thorold | Nov 4, 2013 |
I can't quite put into words why I like these books so much. Not a lot happens, there's a huge amount of impersonal comment ('we all hope no one will ever do such and such') and the sentences are very long. But I really like them. It's intelligent and well written. Where the first one was about trust and betrayal this one is about requests and obligation. I am going to read the third one now. ( )
  annesadleir | Feb 22, 2011 |
Aunque Marías escribe como Dios, me parece que narrativamente se le ha ido un poco la mano. Mucho caldo para tan poca chicha. Se me hace un poco pesado, la verdad. Seguimos con el tercero. ( )
  membrillu | Oct 30, 2009 |
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As accomplished and sui generis as all his mature work.
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Für Carmen López M., die mir hoffentlich weiter zuören will
And for Sir Peter Russell, to whom this book is indebted for his long shadow, and the author, for his far-reaching friendship
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Man sollte niemals etwas erzählen noch Angaben machen oder Geschichten beisteuern oder Anlass dazu geben, dass die Leute sich an Menschen erinnern, die niemals existiert, die niemals ihren Fuß auf die Erde gesetzt oder die Welt durchschritten haben oder wohl gewesen sind, aber sich bereits halbwegs in Sicherheit befanden im unvollkommenen, ungewissen Vergessen.
Erzählen ist fast immer ein Geschenk, sogar wenn die Erzählung Gift enthält und einträufelt, es ist auch ein Band und ein Vertrauensbeweis, und selten ist das Vertrauen, das nicht früher oder später verraten wird, selten das Band, das sich nicht verwickelt oder verknotet, und so drückt es am Ende, und man man muss das Messer oder die Schneide ziehen, um es zu durchtrennen.
[...] es scheint unausweichlich zu sein, dass man das, was man weiß oder gesehen hat, am Ende gegen den geliebten Menschen oder Ehepartner benutzt [...]
Die Leute gehen hin und erzählen unweigerlich, sie erzählen alles früher oder später, das Interessante und das Flüchtige, das Private und das Öffentliche, das Intime und das Überflüssige, das, was verborgen bleiben sollte, und das, was verbreitet werden soll, den Schmerz und die Freuden und das Ressentiment, die Beleidigungen und die Anbetung und die Rachepläne, das, was uns mit Stolz, und das, was uns mit Scham erfüllt, das, was ein Geheimnis zu sein schien, und das, was es sein wollte, das allseits Bekannte und das Uneingestehbare, das Entsetzliche und das Offenkundige, das Wesentliche - die Verliebtheit - und das Bedeutungslose - die Verliebtheit.
[...] im Leben, das sehr viel enger mit dem Kino und der Literatur verknüpft ist als man gemeinhin zugibt und glaubt. Das heißt nicht, dass das eine das andere oder das andere das eine nachahmt, wie behauptet wird, sondern dass unsere zahllosen Einbildungen ebenfalls zum Leben gehören und dazu beitragen, es zu erweitern und zu komplizieren und es trüber und zugleich annehmbarer zu machen, wenn auch nicht erklärbarer (oder doch, sehr selten). Sie ist sehr dünn, die Linie, die die Tatsachen von den Einbildungen trennt und die Wünsche von ihrer Erfüllung und das Fiktive vom Geschehenen, denn in Wirklichkeit sind die Einbildungen schon Tatsache und die Wünsche ihre Erfüllung [...]
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A book unlike any other, a daring experiential unfolding Spanish masterpiece, Your Face Tomorrow now leaps into uncharted new territory in Volume Two: Dance and Dream.

Your Face Tomorrow, Javier Marias's dazzling unfolding magnum opus, is a novel in three parts, which began with Volume One: Fever and Spear. Described as a "brilliant dark novel" (Scotland on Sunday), the book now takes a wild swerve in its new volume. Skillfully constructed around a central perplexing and mesmerizing scene in a nightclub, Volume Two: Dance and Dream again features Jacques Deza. In Volume One he was hired by MI6 as a person of extraordinarily sophisticated powers of perception. In Volume Two Deza discovers the dark side of his new employer when Tupra, his spy-master boss, brings out a sword and uses it in a way that appalls Deza: You can't just go around hurting and killing people like that. Why not? asks Tupra.

Searching meditations on favors and jealousy, knowledge and the deep human desire not to know, violence and death play against memories of the Spanish Civil War as Deza's world becomes increasingly murky.

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"Jacques Deza isn't at all sure whether he likes some of the characters he is meeting in London. Having left Spain after the break-up of his marriage, he has allowed a friend to talk him into working for an MI6-like organisation run by the enigmatic Bertram Tupra. Deza's role is a seemingly innocuous one: he is to observe and comment on the behaviour of certain people. But watching and listening are not necessarily innocent occupations. If the first volume of this trilogy saw Deza questioning the morality of his new job, the surprising events of the second leave him shaken to the core. In a nightclub scene that is a tour de force - both hilarious and utterly chilling - Deza is forced by his spy-master boss Tupra to witness an act of shocking brutality. Is Deza somehow implicated in Tupra's unexpected behaviour? And will he be able to disentangle himself from a situation that is becoming increasingly disturbing?"--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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