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All Souls by Javier Marías
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Mar 13, 2007

really liked it

A fabulous exploration of the notions of "fact" versus "fiction," author versus narrator, love versus lust, and everything else related to memory, time, and storytelling. The true talent of Marias's writing lies in his ability to explore, complicate, and indulge these sundry ideas all within the framework of a text that is not quite a novel, memoir, philosphical treatise, nor even a roman a clef, but, rather, a bit of each, yet, at the same time, something wholly different. As Marias explains in his companion piece, *Dark Back of Time,* "...this is not a fiction, though it has to be a story."

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