Your Face Tomorrow, Vol. 2: Dance and Dream
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Your Face Tomorrow, Vol. 2: Dance and Dream (Your Face Tomorrow #2)

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  639 ratings  ·  63 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)
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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
"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
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...more
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
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...more
"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
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
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
Feb 05, 2012 Sebastián rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
Matthew Gallaway
I enjoyed this a lot -- the pace picks up considerably from the first volume as the narrator witnesses a rather brutal assault (committed by his shadowy employer) in a nightclub.
Ned Rifle
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.
A perceptive quote:
"so many people believe that strong feelings or, indeed, suffering and torment, make them good, deserving individuals and even give them rights, and that they should be compensated for these feelings incessantly and indefinitely, even by those who did not arouse the feeling or cause the suffering, who had nothing whatsoever to do with either, because, as far as they're concerned, the whole earth is always in their debt, and they never stop to think that one chooses a feeling...more
Think it's more 4 1/2 stars just for the author's use of language.
lyell bark
my face tomarrow will be stupid and repulsive
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...more
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
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...more
Una vez terminado un libro de Javier Marías, o al menos uno de los que componen la trilogía de "Tu rostro mañana" siempre queda la sensación de haber aprendido muchas cosas. En una aventura con más diálogo y conversación dialéctica que acción,podemos encontrar materias tan distintas entre sí como la instalación -nunca aceptación- en un estado permanente de espera de la violencia en las guerras o las modalidades de espada en la historia medieval.

El protagonista nos arrastra a su mundo de espiona...more
I'm gonna stick with my summary of the first volume: Proustian Spanish spy novel for the twenty-first century. Ends with a (sort of, relative) cliffhanger, which is just as well, since I regretted letting so much time lapse between I and II and hopefully I'll get the third one without too much screwing around.

Note: I had a disappointing conversation with my father today, in which he expressed total boredom with Fever and Spear, which I'd given him expecting that he'd really like it. He found it...more
Ook hier gebeurt weer bijna niets, net als in het eerste deel van de trilogie. De hoofdpersoon werkt nu voor een soort geheime dienst, waar hij mensen moet beoordelen. Zij gaan een avond met een client naar een nachtclub, waar dan iets gebeurd met de Spanjaard uit het eerste deel. Die wordt redelijk gewelddadig behandeld. Waarom is niet duidelijk. Dit alles is in tien bladzijden te vertellen, maar de schrijver weidt weer enorm uit over van alles. Hij schrijft in een soort vrije associatie en kom...more
Justin Evans
Writing a review for this book is pretty silly; it really is the middle of a novel. You get the thrill neither of a beginning, nor of an ending; there's no cliffhanger as there was at the end of Fever and Spear. You can't read this without having read the first volume.

That said, it retains all the strengths of that first volume: intelligent, funny, witty, affecting, and beautifully translated. The drawbacks here: the character this volume focuses on - Tupra, in the main - isn't as much fun as t...more
Amazing book. Everything that grated in volume one became strong in volume two. While the pace is still glacial, only two things actually happen in this book, the incidents themselves seem worthy of lingering over, dissecting, and connecting back to the extended memories and meditations of the narrator. The weird confidence in nearly supernatural powers of observation is undermined, as are all of the narrator's relationships.

The vivid memories of the narrator's father about the Spanish Civil Wa...more
Dance and Dream continues the eloquent approach and themes from the first volume, often expanding on many of the scenes from before. It turns darker and a bit more vulgar at points. This really is the middle part of a longer work, so you should not read it without first completing the first volume. I'm interested to see how things wrap up in the last book.

Let me caution you that it might be better to start with another Marias book before trying this series, perhaps Tomorrow in the Battle Think O...more
Javier Marias is a complete knockout. I have read no one like him. Its hard to articulate what he's all about, but rather than wait until my head is wrapped around what he has to offer, I thought I'd just jump in and issue my praise. Its true that to enjoy him you've got to be up for extremely long sentences and an almost complete absence of plot, but the world he creates is mesmerizing to me. He digs and digs into what is "knowable" about a person (even from just observing them) and into the pa...more
argh, something wrong happened here (with me, i guess). i absolutely LOVE javier marias, but this book, i don't know, something didn't work for me. (obviously,) it's part 2 in a trilogy, and is divided into 2 parts, dance and dream. during 'dance', i found myself reading his 'digressions' impatiently, wanting to get to the action. (for those familiar with marias, you know it is the 'digressions' that make up his writing). i was more satisfied with 'dream', when the plot was returned to.

i don't...more
It just gets better. The second volume of this single long novel (published as three books) takes place mostly on a single evening at a night club and focuses on just one bizarre incident. To say Marias goes into digressions is like saying the Mississippi branches out into other rivers. But his prose is sharp, elegant and focused throughout, and held my attention from start to finish, just like Volume 1. Among the best I've read over the past decade. Eagerly beginning the third and final volume.
Ian Carey
Like Vol. 1, very little happens, but still manages to be a page-turner. Found myself learning to adjust my expectation of when the next event would occur or answer would be provided, and just enjoy the digressions and paths his train of thought follows. Meanwhile, fairly significant bits of information (that the narrator is actually telling the story from years in the future, for example) are thrown in offhandedly. Looking forward to Vol. 3 (after a break for something lighter)!
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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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