Ah, Javier, you wonderful bastard—so well-read, so capable an author, so Marías-ish—so capable of doing what you write about (I’ll come back to that).
In Written Lives, Marías paints brief portraits of many well-known authors, weaving in information that is less well-known, creating wonderful stories that supplement the biographies most of us will never read. Aspects of lives are emphasized, humanizing (or dehumanizing) these artists, in forms that will linger, haunt, and inform our reading of sa...more
He lies in the Paris cemetery of Pere Lachais, and on his grave, presided over by a sphinx, there is never any shortage of the flowers due to all martyrs.
Now that's beautiful. That's a homage. It's graceful, not flashy, not indulgent, and it gets the point across. I don't even like Wilde much and it choke...more
(I must mention the cover of my edition here: three clever and funny caricatures, of Oscar Wilde, James Joyce and R L Stevenson, in beautiful sepia tones, by Andre Carillho).
The penetrating insights in Written Lives vary from tender to cooly obje...more
I list the following names from the contents...more
Marias does something in the same spirit here but stays strictly in the realm of the non-fictional. Marias is only to happy to pass judgement: Joyce was a pervert, Mann was unbearably arrogant and Mishima spectacularly stupid. Such pronouncments are rare in the rather dry world of literary biography but with the exce...more
-I learned about some authors I had never heard of before.
-Each author was allotted a few pages of biographical information, therefore it was easy to read. I finished the entire book in an hour.
-I liked reading about the marriages or the reason for no marriage of each author.
-The author seemed to pick out the most negative things about each author and make those the body of information provided.
-The author got a little out of control with the letters of James Joyce...more
Just interesting enough to keep reading, but not the sort of thing to make you miss your subway stop. Good fodder for cocktail party chatter, I imagine, or the sort of random factoids that make up a David Markson novel.
Annoying: bad typesetting. Words terminating...more
Aslında 3,5 veriyorum. Eğlenceli bir okumaydı. Bahsedilen yazarlar hakkındaki şeylerin çoğunu zaten biliyordum ama bunların kurgulanması ve Marias'ın anlatımını beğendim. Kitap hakkında detaylar ve kitaptan alıntılar için:Kitap Notları: Yazarların Maskesini Düşüren Kitaplar
I never read Marias' fiction, and a good friend made a strong recommendation to do so. So ok, more time in the bathtub!