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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.

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  • “Whatever else we may think is going on when we read, we are choosing to spend time in an author’s company. In Javier Marías’s case this is a good decision; his mind is insightful, witty, sometimes startling, sometimes hilarious, and always intelligent…The masterly Spanish novelist [has] a penetrating empathy.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • A haunting masterpiece . . . The lasting challenge to literature is to achieve a satisfying marriage between high art and the low drives of a simple plot. The Infatuations is just such a novel . . . Just as Macbeth is a thriller that’s also a great tragedy, The Infatuations is a murder story that’s also a profound story of fatal obsession . . . Don Quixote was first published as long ago as 1620. I wouldn’t be surprised if The Infatuations soon acquired an equally devoted following. The Observer
     
  • Extraordinary . . . Marías has defined the ethos of our time. Alberto Manguel, The Guardian 
     
  • Marías [is] a consummate stylist . . . Magic, stupendous. Booklist (starred)
  • Whatever else we may think is going on when we read, we are choosing to spend time in an author’s company. In Javier Marías’s case this is a good decision; his mind is insightful, witty, sometimes startling, sometimes hilarious, and always intelligent . . . The masterly Spanish novelist [has] a penetrating empathy. Edward St. Aubyn, on the cover of The New York Times Book Review
     
    The Infatuations is mysterious and seductive; it’s got deception, it’s got love affairs, it’s got murder—the book is the most sheerly addictive thing Marías has ever written . . . Marías is a star writer in Europe, where his best-sellers collect prizes the way Kardashians collect paparazzi. He’s been hailed in America, too, yet he’s never broken through like Haruki Murakami or Roberto Bolaño. This should change with his new novel, The Infatuations, which is the ideal introduction to his work.
  • The work of a master in his prime, this is a murder story that becomes an enthralling vehicle for all the big questions about life, love, fate, and death. The Guardian (Summer Reading Issue)
  • Blindingly intelligent, engagingly accessible—it seems there’s nothing Marías can’t make fiction do . . . Marías’s rare gift is his ability to make intellectual jousting as suspenseful as the chase scenes in a commercial thriller. Kirkus Reviews (starred)
  • Absorbing and unnerving . . . A labyrinthine exploration, at once thrilling and melancholy, of the meanings of one man’s death—and a vivid testimony to the power of stories, for good or ill, to weave the world into our thoughts and our thoughts into the world. The Sunday Times (London)
     
    “A novel that further secures Marías’s position as one of contemporary fiction’s most relevant voices.
  • Hypnotic . . . The Infatuations plays off Marías’s enchantingly sinuous sentences. They suck you in and lull you along with their rhythm, which gives the unusual and palpable awareness of how masterfully Marías has made time itself his peculiar object of investigation . . . Powerful. Bookforum
  • “A masterpiece . . . Here, great literature once again shows its true face. ABC Cultural (Spain)
     
  • Keeps us guessing until almost the last page. Yet what lingers in the reader’s mind is not the murder mystery, compelling though it is. Rather, it is the author’s examination of the ebb and flow of flawed relationships; the chances that bring us together and the fates (in this case, murderous intent) that pull us apart. Financial Times
  • “I ended up getting angry with myself for not having rationed the reading so it would last longer. El País
  • “Uniquely luminous . . . Like Beethoven, Marías is a brilliant escape artist . . . But Marías is original; he cannot help it. Times Literary Supplement (London)
     
    The Infatuations is a metaphysical exploration masquerading as a murder mystery . . . Quietly addictive.
  • “Smart, thoughtful, morally challenging, and consistently surprising in its tense twists. Scotland on Sunday
  • “A haunting masterpiece…The lasting challenge to literature is to achieve a satisfying marriage between high art and the low drives of a simple plot. The Infatuations is just such a novel.”

    Observer (London)

  • “Uniquely luminous…Like Beethoven, Marías is a brilliant escape artist…But Marías is original; he cannot help it.”

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

  • “What lingers in the reader’s mind is not the murder mystery, compelling though it is. Rather, it is the author’s examination of the ebb and flow of flawed relationships; the chances that bring us together and the fates (in this case, murderous intent) that pull us apart.”

    Finacial Times (London)

  • “Extraordinary…[A] masterly novel…The classical themes of love, death, and fate are explored with elegant intelligence by Marías in what is perhaps his best novel so far…Marías has defined the ethos of our time.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Absorbing and unnerving…For all the currents that ripple across its surface, The Infatuations is powered ultimately by the pressure of good old-fashioned suspense…A labyrinthine exploration, at once thrilling and melancholy, of the meanings of one man’s death—and a vivid testimony to the power of stories, for good or ill, to weave the world into our thoughts and our thoughts into the world.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “Marías [is] a consummate stylist…The cadences of his exquisite sentences are preserved in translator Costa’s English, the clauses balanced like a loaded scale…It is magic, stupendous, and not done for effect.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Blindingly intelligent, engagingly accessible—it seems there’s nothing Marías can’t make fiction do. No wonder he’s perennially mentioned as a potential Nobel laureate…Marías’ rare gift is his ability to make intellectual jousting as suspenseful as the chase scenes in a commercial thriller. He’s tremendously stimulating to read; arresting turns of phrase enfold piercing insights.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • The Infatuations is mysterious and seductive; it’s got deception, it’s got love affairs, it’s got murder…Sheerly addictive.”

    NPR

  • “Haunting…Evokes verbal puzzle makers like Borges, and Marías’ ingenious chessboard plots bring to mind the twentieth century’s grand-master strategist, Vladimir Nabokov.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “An arresting story of love and crime.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Marías has created a splendid tour de force…A luminous performance.”

    Wichita Eagle

  • “Marías’ novel weaves an intricate web…for one of his finest novels.”

    Los Angeles Review of Books

  • “Javier Marías is a master of first lines. He’s a master of other things as well …All Marías’ books feel like chapters in one much longer book. And it’s one you should start reading, if you haven’t already.”

    Slate

  • “The unspoken romance at the heart of Marías’ work is the recuperation of old-fashioned adventure within perfectly serious, cerebral contemporary fiction.”

    Daily Beast

  • “Great art often emerges from breaking, or at least tweaking, rules. A work that transcends its conventions can produce special results. Here’s such a book…The Infatuations takes you where very few novels do.”

    Paste.com

  • “Beyond the interesting ideas his work draws on, Marías’ novels are simply a pleasure to read…The Infatuations, containing the qualities of Marías’ best work, is an important addition to his oeuvre.”

    The Millions.com

  • “The natural pacing so effortlessly applied by performer Justine Eyre lends this novel a tone of easy storytelling that lulls one into book-listening bliss. Her soft, intimate tones enhance the feeling of being read a tender, suspenseful tale, an approach that contrasts sharply with Marias’ dark and mesmerizing saga but works well. The author’s graceful prose and fluid cadences engross the listener.”

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  • A Barnes & Noble Best Book for August 2013
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2013 in Fiction
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2013 in Fiction
  • A 2013 New York Times Book Review Notable Book
  • A 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee
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