Dark Back of Time
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Imagine, if you will or if you can, W.G. Sebald meets Roberto Bolaño, imagine fiction that crackles with ideas pouring like lava from stories told with grace and language one rarely encounters—a gift, just for you, from someone you’ve never met and likely won’t ever meet, yet someone you can know intimately from the quality of their offering which you receive wrapped in a brilliant, shiny paper tied together with shimmering strings in a Gordian knot which requires only your patient willingness...more
Two primary concerns drive "Dark Back of Time": the relationship between fact and fiction, and the effect of the passage of time (including ephemerality and the desire to achieve immortality through creative endeavour, such as fiction).
The novel is a sequel of sorts to Marias' novel "All Souls". It arose out of allegations that the earlier novel was a roman a clef or thinly disguised autobiography or memoir. It is in effect a literary denial of these allegations.
To this ex...more
"I believe I've still never mistaken fiction for reality, though I have mixed them together more than once, as everyone does, not only novelists or writers but everyone who has recounted anything since the time we know began..."
"Anyone can relate an anecdote about something that happened, and the simple fact of saying it already distorts and twists it, language can't reproduce events and s...more
i believe i've still never mistaken fiction for reality, though i have mixed them together more than once, as everyone does, not only novelists or writers but everyone who has recounted anything since the time we know began, and no one in that known time has done anything but tell and tell, or prepare and ponder a tale, or plot one.while javier marías may have never confused the two, many readers of his 1989 novel, all souls (todas las almas), clearly had. the spanish writer's earlier book, err...more
At the core of this text is an investigation into the aspects of life which strike us as too fantastical to be purely coincidental. Despite some miraculous events that occur in Marias's life, and the lives of those he weaves into the amazing liter...more
In Dark Back of Time Marias addresses in part, how his previous novel, Our Souls, was received by those of the Oxford community that s...more
i) this book is filled with much clearer and therefore worse statements of writerly existentialism--you know the stuff. Life is meaningless, we tell ourselves stories in order to give life meaning but that never...more
Dark Back of Time is a book about writing a book, and the book it’s about writing is Dark Back of Time. Marias here recounts the reaction to his earlier novel All Souls, which is set at Oxford University and which apparently was suspected of being a roman a clef. Assuming that...more
el tiempo nos muestra su negra espalada a cada instante, dejando y ennegreciendo todo a su paso. pero las letras constittuyen la luminosidad que del andar de la humanidad...
y bueno, gasworth... el reino. jodeee, la corte. que podemos decir de esta abrumante reunion de talento.
finalmente: Wilfrid Ewart; muerto en mi ciud...more