The Infatuations

The Infatuations

[a Novel]

Book - 2012
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From the award-winning Spanish writer Javier Marías comes an extraordinary new book that has been a literary sensation around the world: an immersive, provocative novel propelled by a seemingly random murder that we come to understand--or do we?--through one woman's ever-unfurling imagination and infatuations.

At the Madrid café where she stops for breakfast each day before work, María Dolz finds herself drawn to a couple who is also there every morning. Though she can hardly explain it, observing what she imagines to be their "unblemished" life lifts her out of the doldrums of her own existence. But what begins as mere observation turns into an increasingly complicated entanglement when the man is fatally stabbed in the street. María approaches the widow to offer her condolences, and at the couple's home she meets--and falls in love with--another man who sheds disturbing new light on the crime. As María recounts this story, we are given a murder mystery brilliantly reimagined as metaphysical enquiry, a novel that grapples with questions of love and death, guilt and obsession, chance and coincidence, how we are haunted by our losses, and above all, the slippery essence of the truth and how it is told.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2012.
ISBN: 9780307960726
Branch Call Number: FICTION MAR
Characteristics: 337 p. ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Costa, Margaret Jull


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athompson10 Jul 13, 2016

Rambling writing. Interesting premise but a slog to get through.

Jul 04, 2015

It takes some reading to decide what this book is about. The narrator is a woman who observes a couple every morning at coffee. When they fail to appear, she learns that the male has been brutally stabbed by a homeless man. The narrator speculates on life, death, and legacy as she finds herself drawn in to the murdered man's circle of acquaintances.
Marias is a thinker/philosopher and writes beautifully.

Feb 24, 2015

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