Cuando fui mortal
Hints at stories. Hints at stories, with a familiar voice—not the familiarity of mere recognition, but the familiarity of intimacy. Those of us who’ve read a lot of Marías will understand, hopefully, that I’m not speaking of the narrator’s voice, but rather the author’s voice, Marías’ voice, a voice that speaks through a broad grin and says, “How lovely to see you again. Have I told you about…?” As the author’s voice becomes more familiar, other aspects of Marías’ style reemerge: his use of rhe...more
though when i was mortal is witho ...more
Esta serie de relatos, son uno mejor que otro, están llenos de verdad, de mortalidad y sobre todo de tristeza, por algo que no fue pero sigue siendo.
Javier Marías me enamoro, espero leer mucho mas de el.
This short collection contains twelve stories ranging from a few pages to about fifty pages. I won't go into detail about each story but I only want to say that I was impressed with them. They reminded me of the early Ian McEwan collections, such as First Love, Last Rites and others. They're all set in modern Spain, or sometimes Par ...more
Written and published separately over a four-year period, these stories have been ordered to comment and build on each other, to imply common real-life or psychological threads. The tr ...more
This was the first thing I read by Marías and it has been an entertaining read. The majority of this short stories in this collection were born out of commissioned work which does somewhat cage Marías skills. Nevertheless, When I Was Mortal is a gripping collection full of short stories evincing precise narration and at times, dazzling prose.
I was disappointed by some of the stories in this collection because a ...more
Lo primero que debe saber un escritor de cuentos es que nunca dispone de mucho tiempo y que el lector no admite que ese poco transcurra en vano. Si Javier Marías no lo sabe, al menos lo disimula, porque sus relatos no sólo complacen e interesan, sino que además turban desde su inicio. Al igual que en sus celebradas novelas, su prosa aquí es capaz de alcanz ...more
În prefața volumului, autorul mărturisește că unsprezece din cele douăsprezece povestiri care îl compun au fost scrise la comandă, pentru a fi publicate în diverse reviste sau ziare, ceea ce mă face să-l admir și mai mult. Nu e lucru ușor să scoți așa niște texte frumoase, interesante, pline de suspans și cu un final mereu surprinzător din câteva cuvinte cheie, de exe ...more
Desde cuentos de fantasmas encaprichados y otros que se debaten entre la ira y el desconcierto, con ese extrañamiento que caracteriza a Marías, capaz de iniciar una historia hablando de una mujer desconocida que le grita mientras su mujer enferma sufre en la cama, o, algo que yo le desconocía, un cuento de temática futbolera.
Con Marías me pasa lo mismo que con Aira, son tan magistr ...more
M-am bucurat că am citit, în prealabil, alte două romane ale acestui scriitor spaniol, pentru că am regăsit aici personaje, nume, scene și idei care au fost dezvoltate ...more
I imagine that this is the thought that threatens to choke writers. Some authors' novels can seem stilted compared to their wild and free short stories. Shorter pieces offer more room to play and experiment, often bringing authors to their most vivid and original moments.
An exception: the work of Javier Marías, author of this story collection, "When I Was Mortal." Though delightful, these stories are stilted when compared to his wondrous nove ...more
That said Marias can turn a good phrase and every once i ...more
The memorable chapter is the same as the title, When I was Mortal. It talks about how ...more
The general quality is high, which is unusual in this kind of compilation, so much that I will only point out the tale that titles the compilation, in that it has the strangest narrator, and ...more
Marias obviously has a gift for pacing, mood, dialogue, and the aforementioned crafting of a literary world. I'm looking forward to reading more by him, especially the ...more