Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Dance and Dream (Your Face Tomorrow, #2)” as Want to Read:
Dance and Dream (Your Face Tomorrow, #2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Dance and Dream (Tu rostro mañana / Your Face Tomorrow #2)

4.29  ·  Rating Details ·  966 Ratings  ·  94 Reviews
Your Face Tomorrow, Javier Marias's dazzling unfolding magnum opus, is a novel in three parts, which began with Volume One: Fever and Spear. Described as a "brilliant dark novel" (Scotland on Sunday), the book now takes a wild swerve in its new volume. Skillfully constructed around a central perplexing and mesmerizing scene in a nightclub, Volume Two: Dance and Dream again ...more
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published July 17th 2006 by New Directions (first published 2004)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Dance and Dream, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Dance and Dream

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
K.D. Absolutely
This is a challenging book to read because the author overextends his thoughts about some details in his scenes and it is very easy for your mind to wander and think of something else while staring at the pages. His overextended thoughts are mimicked by his overextended sentences. I find this book hard to put down too because it is difficult to find the right page to stop. I have a bookmark but when you insert it on a page, since there is oftentimes no paragraph and very few periods, I just coul ...more
Javier María’s Your Face Tomorrow, Volume 2 is good but it doesn’t match the brilliance of Volume 1. Volume 1 might be a masterpiece. Our narrator Jaime Dezas, a Spanish expat who lives in London, does intelligence work, probably for the state but who really knows? We start with him talking (or thinking) about how terrible it is to be obligated to others. He starts with the example of a hypothetical beggar. Better not to give the beggar anything, he says, since once you do you’re tied to that pe ...more
Jul 12, 2013 Jonfaith rated it really liked it
"Why not," Tupra responds? So ends the middle volume in this bizarre tale where espionage plays background to a world of memory and time. The setting is contemporary yet the Spanish Civil War assaults the nose. There is an acrid memory and flexible loyalties to ponder. The protagonist is separated from his spouse but her attentions are sought at every turn. Deza, the protagonist, exists in an eternal dislocation: from his domestic life, his country, language and even his memories, especially tho ...more
Aug 09, 2012 Tony rated it really liked it
Shelves: spanish, top-10-2012
At the simplest level, Volume One was about a conversation between an old man and our protagonist, Jacques Deza. But of course, nothing in Marias' hands (or mind) is ever that simple. There are, let it be said, tangents. The Spanish Civil War, espionage, Deza's ex-wife, a mysterious, single drop of blood.

Volume Two, at the simplest level, is about a night in a club, or more specifically, Deza's trip to the restroom. Deza is not going there to pee. Nor is his boss, the leader of an unnamed group
May 24, 2007 Cody rated it liked it
Shelves: iberia
While the *Your Face Tomorrow* saga continues in a fairly riveting way--which is enjoyable, but my motivation for reading Marias is never based on plot (how could it be?)--some of the most wonderfully idiosyncratic aspects of Marias's writing spiral out of control in "Dance and Dream".

Most notably, his digressions, which I normally adore, truly get out of hand, to the point that many of his asides, instead of being insightful near-non-sequiturs, seem to exist simply for the sake of being digress
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
Dec 02, 2016 Marc rated it it was amazing
I find it much harder to write reviews for books that impress me. It doesn't help that I wedged in two other big books in the middle of reading this (one because of a library due date and the other for a group discussion whose deadline I missed). Part one of this three-part novel piqued my interest, but this second book floored me. The entire volume revolves around one night in a disco and yet Marías takes the reader through history, literature, and all manner of digressions and philosophical ta ...more
I am somewhat less enthusiastic about this second part of the trilogy "Your face tomorrow". In the beginning it was difficult to get used to that particular style of Marias: the hypnotic lengthy sentences, with continuing story twists and almost continuous observations and philosophical and existential musings of Jacques Deza, a Spaniard in London, sent in exile by his wife in Madrid, but almost continuously craving for his Luisa and his children. In Part 1, we saw that Deza was recruited by an ...more
pierlapo  quimby
Nella seconda parte del romanzo non sorprendono più la ridondante e fascinosa prosa di Marías, la malia di alcune scene, l'incisività e l'eleganza del pensiero, non sorprendono più non perché siano a un tratto divenute scontate, no, lasciano ancora in stato semi-ipnotico e davanti alla bellezza mai ci si annoia, tuttavia dopo le quasi quattrocento pagine della prima parte e le oltre trecento della seconda già sappiamo di che pasta è fatto Marías e si avverte un filo di stanchezza.
Ma è st
Nov 23, 2015 jeremy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: translation, fiction
dance and dream (baile y sueno), the second volume of javier marías's incomparable your face tomorrow (tu rostro mañana), continues the story of jacques deza — finding him ever more deeply entrenched within the enigmatic world of spycraft and intelligence. revisiting and elaborating upon the themes, images, and incidents of the first volume (as well as those of decades past), marías, with considerable patience and measured storytelling, affords a circuitous and deeper (yet not altogether reveali ...more
Stephen Durrant
Jan 31, 2014 Stephen Durrant rated it it was amazing
"Dance and Dream" is the second novel in Javier Marias' trilogy "Your Face Tomorrow." The first person narrator is Jacques Deza, a Spaniard who has been hired by British intelligence because of his incredible ability to read people and thus, in a sense, perceive the future, "Your Face Tomorrow." He is among those with a gift to be, in his own words, "interpreters of people or translators of lives." This gift, I would suggest, is very much that of the novelist, who at times transforms a brief gli ...more
Johan Thilander
Nov 26, 2015 Johan Thilander rated it really liked it
Inte uppföljaren, utan andra bandet i boken Tu rosta mañana.
Väldigt krävande och tät text, långa meningar som spretar i anekdoter och resonemang. Var utmattande och tog mig väldig tid att läsa, men det var värt det. Texten är så insiktsfull och genomborrande, är så imponerad av Marías. Hans språkliga och psykologiska analyser är extremt träffsäkra, och därtill är han stilistisk som få.

Men jag har bekymmer som jag inte kan släppa, och det är med kvinnoporträtten. Marías har uppenbarlig haft en ma
Feb 25, 2017 Marc added it
I am somewhat less enthusiastic about this second part of the trilogy "Your face tomorrow". In the beginning it was difficult to get used to that particular style of Marias: the hypnotic lengthy sentences, with continuing story twists and almost continuous observations and philosophical and existential musings of Jacques Deza, a Spaniard in London, sent in exile by his wife in Madrid, but almost continuously craving for his Luisa and his children. In Part 1, we saw that Deza was recruited by an ...more
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
This was the first Javier Marias novel where I actively skimmed through sections; it's also the middle part of what I suspect will be his greatest achievement yet. Does that seem contradictory? Let me explain. Marias' prose tends towards long elaborations and digressions, with sentences spanning paragraphs, paragraphs spanning pages and parenthetical statements that take on a voluminous life of their own. In previous novels that I've read (The Man Of Feeling, All Souls, Tomorrow In The Battle Th ...more
Jan 09, 2012 Sebastián rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sebastián by: Andrea Carolina
Shelves: novela, espa-a
Sigue pareciéndome complicado saber qué decir respecto a las novelas de Marías (hasta el momento esta es mi segunda): pasa poco, casi nada, pero se dice mucho, muucho. De nuevo la problemática de lo que se dice y lo que no se dice, de lo que se espera de la gente, de lo que ésta es o no capaz de hacer... Deza sigue mostrándonos de a poco su pasado, el de su familia, a la vez que va desarrollando poco a poco la historia compleja de su presente; el horror de las acciones de momentos de guerra, el ...more
Dec 07, 2009 Olivia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tls, lrb
I really enjoyed most of this book more than the first one, and read it similarly quickly (although am back at work, rather than on holiday, so a bit slower). Again I thought the ending was annoying, but mostly because it is by definition not an end but a bridge to the next book. I liked the way lines of Eliot's Prufrock poem were woven in (even if this is a bit cheesy - I have been a sucker for that poem since I was 16), and I liked the themes of this one - the memory and forgetting and as alwa ...more
Oct 25, 2010 Ryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nov-2010
This is hard-going for me. Alas, after five books of Marías, it's still hard to get accustomed to his style. But then the late style is more stultifying than the previous digressive acts. I really liked the first volume (Fever and Spear) and yet this second one capitalizes on the same drudgery. The "Dance" chapter is a long boring set-up, but the suspense in the "Dream" part makes up for it. The charismatic character of Tupra is growing one me. I think I'll allow some breathing space before tack ...more
Jul 25, 2013 Elise rated it really liked it
Extensive (even by Your Face Tomorrow standards) brooding upon and leering at women's thighs dampened my enjoyment after the excellent first volume, and it's hard to say whether the objectification is intentional characterization of Deza or authorial shittiness, since the women in these books rarely get the opportunity to share anything of substance. Still, I appreciated Marias's careful, minute examinations of violence, loneliness, and the awfulness of De la Garza's hairnet.
May 03, 2015 Albertine67 rated it really liked it
I thought this a great book, particularly the opening and second half, but I found it more difficult to get into than his other books, and I didn't love it as I did vol 1. But I am eagerly looking forward to Vol 3 - and then probably reading it all again to really get to grips with it!
Jun 29, 2015 Vilis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Šoreiz visās 300+ lappusēs tika aprakstīts akurāt viens notikums (okei, ar ievadu, atplūdumu un, protams, miljons atkāpēm, bet tomēr), taču lasīšanas interese un kaifs vienalga nezuda gandrīz ne brīdi.
Ned Rifle
Jan 27, 2013 Ned Rifle rated it really liked it
This 4 star rating will not, unless something incredibly drastically bad happens soon, be going down. It is however hovering at the edges of 5 . It's very very readable.
Apr 30, 2011 Deanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001-books-2008
Think it's more 4 1/2 stars just for the author's use of language.
lyell bark
Apr 12, 2012 lyell bark rated it it was amazing
my face tomarrow will be stupid and repulsive
Diego Gomez
Mar 24, 2017 Diego Gomez rated it really liked it
Marías avanza con lentitud en la historia que también con lentitud presentó en el inicio de la trilogía.
En esta oportunidad el lector se adentra en el trabajo de Deza y lo ve en acción, al mismo tiempo que descubre el alcance, no siempre ético del trabajo del protagonista y su jefe.
Marías abunda (y quizá abusa) en digresiones, reflexiona sobre temas como la violencia, la verdad, la traición, y lo hace mientras Deza se adentra en los recuerdos de las charlas con su padre, anhela la reconciliación
Aug 09, 2012 Donato rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In volume 1 Marías warned us about too much (story-)telling. Now he's warning us about too much asking. The first line: "If only no one ever asked anything of us..." (my translation). Because when you ask someone for something, or someone asks you for something, you get all wrapped up and tangled up and knotted up, caught in a web you can't get out of. (Of course, in the end, both telling and asking are necessary...)

In my review of volume 1, I didn't mention Marías's style, probably because it's
Jan 18, 2017 Diana rated it really liked it
Your Face Tomorrow: Dance and Dream continues the adventure of the intuitive Jacques Desa. He has settled into working for the mysterious organisation where he is employed to watch interviews and gives his opinion as to what the interviewee might be capable of in the future. As he gains the trust of his boss, the enigmatic, full-eyelashed Tupra, he is soon asked to come along on evenings out with Tupra and people who are clients or subjects of interest or who knows what. One evening out Jacques ...more
Jan 05, 2009 Diego rated it it was amazing
Marías es exigente con el lector (que delicia encontrar a alguien que no renuncia al lenguaje español, que no pretende escribir como anglosajon, que se da tiempo para decir als cosas): En esta ocasión, vemos como ya la historia de Jacques Deza va tomando cada vez más forma. Asistimos a una brutalidad de Tupra y nos quedamos con el alma en vilo sobre lo que va a suceder entre Jack y Tupra. Un volumen para no perderse, con cantidadd e reflexiones sobre los temas más varaidos, pero en es
Aug 13, 2010 Madhuri rated it it was amazing
In both its parts that I have read till now, Your Face Tomorrow is a fascinating read. Each of these books are almost housed in single nights and in the disturbing, absorbing events of those nights. You are drawn to the mystery of the nature of Deza's work, but the plot is least of the writer's (and possibly the reader's) concerns. Those single nights are described slowly, thoroughly, painstakingly. (5 minutes described in 90 pages)It is more a journey into Deza's mind - how a drop of blood conn ...more
Jul 26, 2011 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I started to read the second part to Javier Maria’s Your Face Tomorrow trilogy, I never expected it to be so entwined with the first part, Fever and Spear. In fact the book starts exactly where it left off and more loose ends are being created.

At this point Jacques Deza is officially a spy for Bertrand Tupra and the two, go to a nightclub in order to to witness some people and check if there are shady under dealings. It leads to a night stuffed with debauchery, drugs, deceitfulness and othe
Editorial Alfaguara
�Ojal� nunca nadie nos pidiera nada, ni casi nos preguntara, ning�n consejo ni favor ni pr�stamo, ni el de la atenci�n siquiera ... Ojal� nadie se nos acercara a decirnos "Por favor", u "Oye, �t� sabes?", "Oye, �t� podr�as decirme?", "Oye, es que quiero pedirte: una recomendaci�n, un dato, un parecer, una mano, dinero, una intercesi�n, o consuelo, una gracia, que me guardes este secreto o que cambies por m� y seas otro, o que por m� traiciones y mientas o calles y as� me salves".� As� comienza B ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Around the Year i...: Dance and Dream, by Javier Marías 1 10 Feb 02, 2016 01:36PM  
What reality doesn't give him, he uses his imagination. 1 6 Feb 04, 2013 05:19PM  
  • Montano's Malady
  • The Speed of Light
  • Ghosts
  • El jinete polaco
  • Lands of Memory
  • Tyrant Memory
  • Marks of Identity
  • Everything and Nothing
  • The Skating Rink
  • El embrujo de Shanghai
  • My Two Worlds
  • Books Burn Badly
  • Vertigo
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
More about Javier Marías...

Other Books in the Series

Tu rostro mañana / Your Face Tomorrow (3 books)
  • Fever and Spear (Your Face Tomorrow, #1)
  • Poison, Shadow, and Farewell (Your Face Tomorrow, #3)

Share This Book