Written Lives

Written Lives


An affectionate and intensely humorous gallery of twenty nice global authors from the pen of "the such a lot refined and talented author in modern Spanish literature" (The Boston Globe).

as well as his personal busy profession as "one of Europe's so much interesting modern writers" (TLS), Javier Marías is usually the translator into Spanish of works through Hardy, Stevenson, Conrad, Faulkner, Nabokov, and Laurence Sterne. His love for those authors is the touchstone of Written Lives. accumulated listed here are twenty items recounting nice writers' lives, "or, extra accurately, snippets of writers' lives." Thomas Mann, Rilke, Arthur Conan Doyle, Turgenev, Djuna Barnes, Emily Brontë, Malcolm Lowry, and Kipling seem ("all relatively disastrous individuals"), and "almost not anything" in his tales is invented.

Like Isak Dinesen (who "claimed to have terrible sight, but may spot a four-leaf clover in a box from a notable distance away"), Marías has a pointy eye. Nabokov is the following, making "the hugely inconceivable statement that he's 'as American as April in Arizona,'" as is Oscar Wilde, who, in debt on his deathbed, ordered up champagne, "remarking cheerfully, 'I am loss of life past my means.'" Faulkner, we discover, while fired from his publish workplace activity, defined that he used to be now not ready "to be beholden to any son-of-a-bitch who had cents to shop for a stamp." Affection glows within the pages of Written Lives, facts, as Marías feedback, that "although i've got loved writing all my books, this was once the single with which I had the main fun."

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