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Your Face Tomorrow, Vol. 3: Poison, Shadow, and Farewell (Tu rostro mañana #3)

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Poison, Shadow, and Farewell, with its heightened tensions between meditations and noir narrative, with its wit and and ever deeper forays into the mysteries of consciousness, brings to a stunning finale Marías’s three-part Your Face Tomorrow. Already this novel has been acclaimed “exquisite“ (Publishers Weekly), “gorgeous” (Kirkus), and “outstanding: another work of urgen ...more
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Published June 8th 2009 by New Directions (first published 2007)
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Jan 17, 2016 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poison, Shadow and Farewell is the valedictory volume of Javier Marías's spy novel whose prose style represents a calcification of the novelist's poetic images, lines, phrases, and symbols, all unfolding in slow motion in the pedantic mind of its narrator. In the 1,200-page opus Your Face Tomorrow, we find Jacques Deza, recently separated from his wife Luisa in Spain and employed in London as an interpreter and as a kind of behavioral consultant under the tutelage of his boss Bertram Tupra, an e ...more
Sep 02, 2012 Tony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spanish, top-10-2012
Allow me to be cinematic. Imagine me with a Montepulciano handy; my right leg could be pistoning (but I am not the type); my soul is on fire ( I am that type). Have you been there, after you close the book, but before you shelve it: wanting everyone to read it right now; wanting to start again from the very first page; not wanting to let go?

tis, tis, tis

This is an old man's story, and a younger man's life. There was a drop of blood in Vol. 1. There was a drop of blood in Vol. 2. In Vol. 3, the
Justin Evans
Feb 23, 2012 Justin Evans rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
There's a select group of novels in my reading history: the first time I read them, I would occasionally become deeply envious of people who hadn't started them, because that meant they had something amazing to look forward to. The first time it happened was with War & Peace. It also happened with The Magic Mountain, Gravity's Rainbow (although I was sick when I read it, so it might have just been a fever), The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, and Gerard Woodward's sort of memoir trilogy. That's not ...more
May 23, 2010 Marjorie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-standouts
The reality is this: if you are lucky as a reader, you will find that writer who is a mirror of yourself, who pens the sentences and stories you would pen, had you the nerve, the time. Marias, for me, is that writer, so it is with great narcissism that I award him five stars and recommend any and all to read him. Of course, many won't, and the pity is that he has such a long eye reaching both back and forward...he understands our sins, and he casts both aspersions and patience on them. I put thi ...more
Jun 18, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I FOUND THIS TODAY AT THE ALBANY, CA LIBRARY BOOK SALE! Amazing! They didn't have the first, or the second, but THIS ONE, the third, a gorgeous hardcover in perfect condition and only $1!

Oct 23, 2011 Will rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I was initially excited by the structure of Your Face Tomorrow, seeing in it something like the inverse of Paul Auster's foray into detective fiction in The New York Trilogy: instead of starting with a distinctly framed genre story and then dissolving its conventions, Marías seems to begin in a fog of abstraction and obsession through which the alluring outlines of a spy novel occasionally coalesce (before again being obscured by the narrator's ruminations).

I was also interested to see how the
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Quando infine si arriva al termine ci si accorge di essersi assuefatti al mondo inventato dalla penna di Marías e si tende a guardare con indulgenza agli eccessi, alle ridondanze e ai momenti di stanca, che pure ci sono, e rimpiangere già la raffinatezza dell'intuizione, la curiosità e lo stupore che suscitano personaggi e situazioni, la ricchezza dell'opera.
Apr 06, 2010 Cody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Should one never tell anyone anything? How responsible are we for the consequences of our actions, our words, our thoughts? Do we really know ourselves, and, if we think we do, how long will this self-knowledge last? Are we ever the same tomorrow as are today?

Having spent a couple of years with *Your Face Tomorrow* (I read each volume pretty much as they were released), I’m still not sure I know the answer to any of these questions, which permeate the whole of the text. But therein lies the won
Nov 29, 2015 jeremy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translation, fiction
'and besides, everything has its moment to be believed, isn't that what you think?'
completing his monumental 3-volume novel, your face tomorrow, javier marías's poison, shadow and farewell (veneno y sombra y adiós) wraps up the unforgettable story of jacques deza and his foray into the shady, complex domain of secrets, spying, and intelligence. as a whole, your face tomorrow offers a fictional account of espionage (international and interpersonal), propaganda, deceit, violence, and legacy. fra
Mike Puma
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Your Face Tomorrow--which is not to say it's a title easily recommended. I had the luxury of reading all three volumes one after the other and over a relatively short period of time (I think my enjoyment was enhanced by this opportunity). The individual volumes are not episodic or self-contained. I suspect readers who picked up these volumes as they were translated/published were probably left wondering what what they had got themselves into. The books are not volume ...more
Ilona Cieniuch-Lonardo
Imagínate que vas a estar unas cuantas semanas en una isla desierta. ¿Qué libro llevarías contigo? Piensa en un libro que ha sido muy importante para tí, un libro que ha dejado una huella, ha cambiado tu manera de pensar, te ha hecho soñar, reír, llorar, un libro esencial.

No debería uno contar nunca nada, ni dar datos ni aportar historias ni hacer que la gente recuerde a seres que jamás han existido ni pisado la tierra o cruzado el mundo, o que si pasaron pero estaban ya medio a salvo en el tuer
Oct 13, 2011 Jafar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This three-volume series just blew me away. I read the second and third volumes back to back – and what a joy it was. The first volume was heavy on introspection and reflection. The plot gets going in the second volume (one incident in one night) and thickens in the third which is the largest volume. As I said in the review of the first one, you shouldn’t read Marias for the plot, even though this turns out to be not a bad story. The writing (props to Margaret Costa for a superb translation) is ...more
Gerald Camp
Dec 06, 2010 Gerald Camp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is among the five best books I have read in more than 60 years as a reader. Though it runs 1250 pages, divided into three volumes,I raced through it as if it were a thriller. And in a way it is: a James Bond novel minus the bad guys as if written by James Joyce in the style of Ulysses. Everything in all three volumes pulls the reader toward the climax in Vol.3, so if it seems nothing is happening in Vol. 1, keep going for the payoff. But don't forget anything you read in Vol. 1 or Vol.2 bec ...more
Mat Sletten
Jul 27, 2014 Mat Sletten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've praised the previous 2 volumes of this book, and this cemented what I already suspected while reading the first volume - this is one of the best books I've read. It is not action forward, but the writing is filled with obsessive detail and fantastic insight that I looked forward to every moment I had with the story. It's best to indulge long sits with these volumes as that is how they work best for a reader. I can't get over much Marias writing has changed how I read character. At it's hear ...more
¿Y qué dice uno finalmente cuando la historia se concluye, cuando aparentemente todo se resuelve? Porque una de las lecciones más insistentes es que decir cualquier cosa puede traer consecuencias nefastas (paralelo a la idea que alguna vez tuve que hagase lo que se haga alguien saldrá perjudicado con nuestros actos). Me parece que no hay cierres tan definitivos como se creería, pero esto es bastante coherente con el nebuloso contenido de la novela, en la que nada está tan demarcado como podría. ...more
Eugenio Gomez-acebo
Ultimo tomo de la impresionante trilogía de Javier Marías. Seguimos con Jacobo Deza y su oficio de mirar "tu rostro mañana". Nadie debería contar nada, dice, pero gracias a este libro se cuentan muchas cosas que normalmente nadie cuenta. Peter Wheeler nos ilustra episodios terribles de la Guerra Mundial, en especial la muerte de Valerie, su mujer, en un relato tremendamente escabroso. Y el padre de Jacobo cuenta dos episodios terribles de la Guerra Civil: la familia paseada de la calle Velázquez ...more
Aug 22, 2012 Asarosa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Volumen tres. Llegar hasta acá hace que todo haya valido la pena. Jaime ya sabe de qué se trata su trabajo. Todos entendemos de qué se trata. Aquí los dos tomos pasados se unen magistralmente y dan forma al presente del personaje, que se enfrenta a un nuevo rostro más complicado de leer: el suyo. ¿No a todos nos pasa? Nuevas reacciones, nuevas herramientas, nuevas formas de usar nuestro pasado, nuestra historia, y nuevo equipaje con el que habremos de cargar.
Feb 19, 2013 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of other reviewers here have done a fantastic job of analysing such a dense book (in ideas, and yes in pages if you amalgamate the trilogy)so let me just say Your Face Tomorrow is well worth a read if you want you like a bit of philosophy in your novels. There is scant plot (one conversation, lasting maybe an evening, takes up a hundred pages) Marias command of language is such that the words dance off the pages.
Jonathan yates
Jun 07, 2010 Jonathan yates rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome, generally as a reader i have been lost in the world of dead writers and this is a voice that's alive and compelling, a three volume set that explores only a few social interactions, but manages to weave a story of how people interact with each other and a narrative of violence that given the ease of the present seems shocking and is awesome because it is very real.
Highly recommended
Mario Soares
Jun 05, 2015 Mario Soares rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Después de leer el último tomo de la serie, una sola conclusión inevitable: La trilogia de Tu Rostro Mañana es una de los mejores novelas que he leído en toda mi vida. Larga vida a Javier Marías!
Fernando Martinez Hinojal
Javier Marías sigue siendo, en mi opinión, uno de los mejores novelistas en castellano de la actualidad.

Además de contar, sugerir, ensoñar, rebuscar en la memoria,... lo hace con un estilo que me desarma, me rinde. Escribe impecable, y se regodea en la belleza de las construcciones de su prosa.

Pedazo de tocho de ochocientas páginas, y me está dando pena que se acabe, oigan...
Can't really put my finger on the one thing I love about this book. The language of the book is superb, the story moves along at a leisurely pace, but isn't stagnant. There are sections of the book which seem to deviate but are interesting and absorbing in particular the last episode with Wheeler.
I also like Jacques, Jaime, Jacobo call him what you will.
Jan 10, 2009 Diego rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabuloso, el tercer y último volumen de esta maravillosa trilogía. Todos los cabos son atados con contundencia. Pero más importante aún, entendemos que la obra es una disquisición completa sobre el caracter humano, sobre el sentido humano, una reflexióninmensa sobre loq ue somos y podemos llegara ser.
Una obra monumental en la lengua española.
No estoy segura de lo que le pasó a Marias con esta tercera novela de su saga, pero la verdad es que no pude encontrarle la punta en ningún momento. Lo intenté con juicio, la leí de cabo a rabo y traté de disfrutarla solo por el placer de leer (como las dos anteriores) pero en este caso la fórmula no me funcionó (y creo que a Marías tampoco)
Being a spy sounded cool but it's actually just incessant, obsessive overanalysis of every word or gesture until you simultaneously are assured of your conclusions and doubt everything you've ever known.
Perfect for folks who read spy novels and think, "What's with all this action? What I really want is TONS of character development!"
Jan 07, 2014 Niko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hard to describe such a monumetal work of literature ( am talking about whole trilogy, not just part III ). Truly, truly a magnificent achivement. Impressions are still strong. For sure an all-time classic. Every single sentance has a meaning, is powerful and sticks to you. Reading Marias, one gets a feeling that the story itself can be just about anything, for he puts in his thinking and discovering of human relations and (allready mentioned in the review of Part I, which is actually meaningles ...more
Michael Fraser
Aug 12, 2014 Michael Fraser rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last 250 pages almost make the entire slog through the trilogy worthwhile. The philosophical ruminations in the first half don't really stray beyond the ground covered in the compelling first or slow poorly edited and paced second book. But then things get interesting, the editor seemingly returns from long absence, and Marias largely delivers on the potential established in the first two volumes. The writing in the second half was a actually good enough it wiped away my regret at having inv ...more
Feb 17, 2016 Nuska rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"La chusma quiere explicaciones para todas las cosas, pero las quiere ridículas, inverosímiles, enrevesadas y conspirativas, y cuanto más lo sean más las acepta y se las traga y más la contentan. Incomprensible, pero ese es el estilo del mundo". (48).

"Creemos ser quien más admiramos y tratamos de aniquilarlo para que así eso se cumpla, creemos poder suplantarlo del todo y hacerlo olvidar con nuestros logros que le debemos enteros y expulsarlo del inestable recuerdo del mundo, y nos tranquilizam
Sep 08, 2008 Enrique rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody
Esta es la última entrega de la Trilogía "Tu rostro mañana" de Marías, la cuál cierra con broche de oro. Tanto la historia como la forma de escribir de Marías es muy original e interesante, realmente este libro entrelaza todos los hecho de los dos anteriores de esta trilogía, en realidad es un gran libro en tres entregas el cual tiene un final totalmente impredecible y muestra la transformación de el personaje de María de un solitario ex catedrático de Oxford a un hombre sin escrúpulos. En lo pe ...more
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Javier Marías was born in Madrid. His father was the philosopher Julián Marías, who was briefly imprisoned and then banned from teaching for opposing Franco. Parts of his childhood were spent in the United States, where his father taught at various institutions, including Yale University and Wellesley College. His mother died when Javier was 26 years old. He was educated at the Colegio Estudio in ...more
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