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
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
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
also this stuff is real funny!
Bombero, piloto, bailarin, astronauta, policía... jugando a mil cosas y a ninguna; y nosotros disfrutando de sus desvaríos, pues tiene la capacidad de convertir los hechos más banales en pequeñas piezas de arte."