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Mañana en la batalla piensa en mí

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  3,498 Ratings  ·  355 Reviews
Víctor, a ghostwriter, is just about to have an affair with Marta, a married woman, when - in the bedroom, half-undressed - she drops dead in his arms. He panics and slips away. But Marta's family are all too aware that she was not alone when she died, and Deán, the widowed husband, is determined to find out who was sharing her bed that night. Víctor, accustomed to a life ...more
Paperback, 359 pages
Published by Debolsillo (first published 1994)
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Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The dark back of time
Recommended to s.penkevich by: Mike Puma
It is unbearable that people we know should suddenly be relegated to the past.

Death is inevitable. From the very first page of Javier Marías’ flawlessly executed novel ‘Tomorrow In the Battle Think On Me’, death becomes a constant companion to the reader, always whispering in our ear the truths of our impermanence and the endless variety of possible deaths that await us – horrible deaths, ridiculous deaths, death that may make a stranger laugh when they read it in the paper. ‘Any dead life las
Mike Puma

Incredible! In-freakin’-credible.! This is one of those titles you want to recommend to everyone, but you know damned well that it isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea—one of those novels that folds up on itself into something origami-like—a piece of paper manipulated into a work of art something like this: descriptioneven if your own look more like this: description ( my paper birds have wings that flap)

Why do you read? Why do you read what you read? When you pick up a novel for the first time, do you think ‘thi

Steven  Godin
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
He must have thought his luck was in, they arranged to meet around her place, she had a two year old son, who was hopefully now off in the land of dreams, just the two of them alone in her bedroom, the muted TV is playing an old black and white movie with subtitles, after a few glasses of wine to soften the mood he is hopeful one thing will lead to another, gearing up for the moment passion takes hold, he wants her. The last thing he expected was for her to die, suddenly, at that very moment. A ...more
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Garima by: s.penkevich
Everything is travelling towards its own dissolution and is lost and few things leave any trace, especially if they are never repeated, if they happen only once and never recur, the same happens with those things that install themselves too comfortably and recur day after day, again and again, they leave no trace either.
The writing of Javier Marias is a different case altogether. Repetition and recurrence are common aspects of his books * and yet they always leave an everlasting trace on read
I don’t propose to talk about the details of the plot of Javier Marias' thought-provoking piece of writing but instead I will simply describe my experience of reading this Richard the III style monologue, because that is what this book is, a long speech by the narrator, Victor, in a calm, unvarying tone, a speech that states quite clearly that he is aware that his story is sometimes bizarre and frightening, and that we may find it unbelievable, in fact he says, I am the person doing the telling ...more
Ian "Marvin" Graye
The Strange Workings of Time

The act of telling a story takes up time, it prolongs time and, in doing so, prolongs life.

It preserves memories while we are alive, but it can also preserve them beyond our death.

Paradoxically, story-telling might even help us to accept death.

As Marias’ protagonist, Victor, says:

"I can tell the story and I can therefore explain the transition from life to death, which is a way of both prolonging that life and accepting that death."

Expecting to Reign

Victor’s story s
Oct 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel blew me away and I'm still working to fit my pieces together. I got lost into Marías' winding train of thoughts and I'm still trying to find my way back to reality. What was it that I liked so much about this novel? Well, everything: the plot, the subtle humor, the flow of words, the ideas, the profound pondering. I found and lost myself at the same time, and I really can't explain this; if you haven't done it yet, you should read the novel and see for yourself.

Marías talks about deat
Stephen P
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book no longer exists.

I told this to the owner of the bookstore, it was of course empty.

You are the second person to complain. The first was much younger than you. More my age.

You have not read the book, I asked as he sat at the edge of a table mostly emptied. He shook his head. Then, that would explain it, I would like my money returned.

Can't do.

But I no longer have a book that I bought here.

Explain yourself.

O.K. It begins with a dead woman in the narrator's arms. He will remember her
MJ Nicholls
Mar 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to MJ by: Señor P
Marvellous. Loved the serpentine sentences with their astonishing thought-within-thought, near-metaphysical poetic lilt, preference for the cosy comma over the sloppy semicolon, their use of not-oft-seen things like reported speech (and thought!) within parentheses, or another character’s dialogue(!), repeated phrases (“dark back of time” about six times) and callback to earlier passages and quotations to elevate the plot matter to something loftier than the obvious. Mike is right—Marías, aside ...more
Dec 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I had around thirty or so pages left to read, I felt a real stab of melancholy, a pungent sadness, that I would soon be finished with this particular narrator and his story - I liked him, commiserated with him, enjoyed the manner in which he presented his fascinating tale, the thoughtfulness with which he considered what had (seemingly) transpired, both to himself and (allegedly) to others, during the period of his enchantment, his haunting by the dead spirit of an unconsummated lover. Marí ...more
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In confronto, il regista di Sliding doors è un dilettante.

Quando Dio distribuiva il permesso di scrivere romanzi con frasi lunghissime senza far cascare il latte alle ginocchia, in fila non c’era solo Saramago. Con lui c’era anche Marìas.

Quindi, superato lo sgomento,dovuto alla prospettiva che ci sia, non uno, ma almeno due scrittori, nei confronti dei quali, dovete armarvi di santa pazienza, leggere con calma, tornare indietro se occorre, puntare il ditino sulla parola esatta, ogni volta che a
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014

Morpheus sister from the Sandman series reminds us at one point (in Brief Lives I think) that we all know how every story ends. We just tell ourselves we don't to make it all bearable. She is the avatar of Death, so I guess she knows what she's talking about. Javier Marias protagonist of this here story has all the pretending stripped off from his life when a casual romantic encounter ends with the woman dead in his arms. He becomes obsessed not so much with the fragility of existence, but wit

I find it of interest, whose fear is considered valid and whose is not. Adulterers, government officials, prostitutes, stalkers and posers, insomniacs and purchasers of the flesh. The gap would be entertaining if rape victims were not blamed for their victimization and girlfriends in the refrigerator were not such a dick-driven trope and literature entirely existed within a vacuum, but alas. Regardless, I do not come to much praised echelons of literature to immerse myself in the skeevy cre
I can see the attraction of the first person narrator. The risk, it must be said, is considerable: confinement to a single point of view can be rocks in the pockets of a plot that is trying to swim free. The exclusive and unrelieved company of a strident or grating voice can swiftly turn potential reading pleasure to pain. But a writer must find a certain tone of voice, an attitude towards the tale to be told that remains consistent. There is nothing more jarring than a sudden collapse into a di ...more
Dec 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Declan by: Ema
Shelves: harvill
‘For, after death, Time leaves the body, and the memories … are effaced from her who no longer exists and soon will be from him whom at present they still torture.
Marcel Proust Albertine disparue.

Time and Death are the two preoccupations of this intricate and profound novel.

"Someone is dressing up for death today, a change of skirt or tie
eating a final feast of buttered sliced pan, tea"
Dennis O' Driscoll Someone.

(Full poem here:

This death - the death w
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of ideas
Shelves: best-2017
This book is simply unbelievable. The happenings Marias appeals to in order to convey his ideas are quite far-fetched (I also found some of the happenings from A Heart So White, the other book of his I was quite fascinated with far-fetched), but this fact doesn’t make it less great. Now, after I have read some of Marias’ works, I can say that one certainly reads him for the philosophy behind, for the richness of ideas that makes one question human emotions, for the paradoxes he analyses and less ...more
Buğra Aydoğan
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bazen kitap alışverişi yaparken daha önce hiç okumadığım yazarların kitaplarını rastgele raftan seçip satın alıyorum. Aralarından nadiren çok beğendiğim kitaplar çıkıyor. Yarın Savaşta Beni Düşün’ü de, Marias’ın diğer birkaç kitabı dışında hakkında hiçbir şey bilmeden Ağustos ayında almışım. Bu şekilde satın aldığım kitaplar arasında en iyisiydi. Aynı zamanda rastgele kitap seçip alma huyumu da körükleyecek kadar kışkırtıcıydı.

Kitap, Victor isimli senaristin, kocası iş gezisine çıkmış bir Marta
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Is there a proper definition of a Novel? Anything static and comprehensive? I'm speaking pressed paper here. Tomorrow in the Battle Think On Me is at the core a philosophical question, one which allowed serial permutations. It features well developed characters. The protagonist reflects and remembers as he converses with others. Morality and epistemology dance in lurid circles. The distance between his personal thoughts and his social utterances remain (ever) vast and human. Perhaps that is my c ...more
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cheryl by: Fionnuala
My first clue to the structure of this novel, or the first one that I twigged to, was the recurrent untied shoelace. Untied shoelaces kept popping up, for no apparent reason. What is the significance of untied shoelaces that appear on pages 38, 80, 88, 112, 113, 131, 132, 136, 230, 238? I still don’t know, except that they prompted me to start reading the book in an entirely different way.

The narrator is a ghostwriter, who ghosts for another ghostwriter, and he is often invisible or strives to d
Nora Barnacle
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ovo je zrelija i ozbiljnija Marijasova knjiga od "Srce teko belo", ali sam srećna što sam je čitala posle nje. Radnje nemaju nikakvih dodirnih tačaka, osim možda u sporadičnim i diskretnim aluzijama na pojedine teme, no, u "Srcu" se sa piščevim namerama upoznaje nekako spontanije i lakše.

Jeste za preporuku, ali samo onima koji vole da se motaju po mnogobrojnim hodnicima svesti poprilično rastrojenih likova i ne smeta im što se šokantni početak neće dostići još šokantniji klimaks, niti se, uopšte
„Sutra u boju misli na mene“ počinje onim što je neki Nemac lepo nazvao osnovom za novelu: nečuvenim događajem, tj. skandalom. On se ovde sastoji u vrlo upečatljivo i postupno prikazanoj nesreći (i ovo nije spojler jer saznajemo za to na prve dve strane): za vreme prvog ljubavnog sastanka, mlada udata žena neočekivano umire intendiranom ljubavniku na rukama; u susednoj sobi spava njeno dvogodišnje dete, a muž je na službenom putu.
I tu, naravno, tek kreće drama – šta ovaj neostvareni švaler sad d
Hakan T
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Javier Marias’tan yine etkileyici bir roman. Sırlarla dolu yaşamlarımız, arzu, ihanet, bağlılık, hafıza, sorumluluk duygusu ve tabii ki Marias’ın vazgeçemediği ölüm, ölenlerin yaşamımızdaki yeri, bu yerin nasıl ortadan kalkıyor olması bu güçlü romanda ustaca işlediği temalar.
Tamam, Marias’ın biraz bilgiçce havası bazılarına itici gelebilir. Kurduğu uzun cümleler, yan yollara fazla dalması da bazılarına hitap etmeyebilir. Ama karşınızda insanın doğasını çözmenize yardımcı olan müthiş bir zekaya
Marco Tamborrino
Non è stata una lettura piacevole, anzi. Direi che mi sono 'divertito' solo nelle prime cinquanta pagine, poi ho iniziato a rallentare fino a lasciarlo lì per un giorno intero senza leggerne mezza pagina. Il perché non lo so, dopo un po' mi irritava. È qualcosa che non ho mai letto prima, nel senso che lo stile è 'originale' a modo suo, c'è un rincorrersi di parole, un 'mettere a nudo' cose che sappiamo ma che non sapevamo di sapere (per citare Marías). È come se l'autore, scrivendo, si fosse po ...more
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Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Teresa by: ·Karen·
This book is amazing, though you'll have to wait to the end to see how truly amazing it is. As is the case with so many books I end up loving, the ending made it for me.

It took up residence inside my head, even when I wasn't reading it (and it's still there) in much the same way as The Good Soldier and The Sense of an Ending, all first-person narratives told by a man, did. (I've been trying to think of a first-person female narrator that has engaged me in the same way, but so far I haven't come
May 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spagnoli
La nera schiena del tempo
Nonostante il titolo epico, l’unica azione di rilievo del libro è stringere fra le braccia una donna nell’ora della sua morte; il resto sono pensieri al margine. Ci si aspetterebbe riflessioni filosofiche sulla caducità della vita, ci sono piuttosto pensieri su “la morte orribile, la morte ridicola”, non divulgare i dettagli della morte, l’abbigliamento disperso e spiegazzato. Un uomo trascorre una serata a casa di una donna appena conosciuta e questa muore. Lui non ha r
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bitch-please
When I was previously a member of this here so-called Goodreads I created a feature called bitch please!, the basic premise of which was to highlight books that I had given up on due to some unacceptable stupidity in terms of plot, character etc. For example, in Philip Roth’s The Counterlife there is a passage where the central male character discusses his infidelity, and he describes a certain sexual act as anal love, as in ‘we made anal love.’ Anal love? Haha! If I was to ever let that phrase ...more
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hace tiempo que tomé la decisión de releer únicamente aquellos libros que en su día no me gustaron o no lo hicieron en demasía. Esta estrategia responde a un lógica que a mí me parece aplastante: o bien añado el escritor a mi Olimpo particular, y toda una nueva bibliografía a mis lecturas futuras, o bien asisto complacido a la ratificación de mi criterio juvenil (dejaré la relectura de los que me gustaron para ese viejo que aspiro ser al que se la refanfinfle correr el riesgo de mancillar el bue ...more
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spanish, favorites
Told in the first person, the construct is an act of unconsummated infidelity which quickly becomes a treatise on what it means to act or acutely, not act. The novel opens with a young woman suddenly taking ill and subsequently dying in bed in the arms of a man not her husband while her small son sleeps in another room. In such a moment, what you do or don’t do informs your future even as the past dogs your every step.

The narrator/protagonist writes, “I’m a passive kind of person who almost nev
Jun 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spanish
Stories intersect, as do people. The first story here: A woman dies in Victor's arms at a moment of inchoate, illicit intercourse. What to do with the sleeping two year-old boy in the bedroom; what to do with the husband away in London? Don't worry too much. It can happen to you.

So we have intersecting people, these and more. But the husband's story, as teeming as the first, awaits.

There are some annoying moments in between, especially Victor's creepy habit of following women. And how could a
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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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“Our lives are often a continuous betrayal and denial of what came before, we twist and distort everything as time passes, and yet we are still aware, however much we deceive ourselves, that we are the keepers of secrets and mysteries, however trivial. How tiring having always to move in the shadows or, even more difficult, in the half-light, which is never the same, always changing, every person has his light areas and his dark areas, they change according to what he knows and to what day it is and who he's talk to and what he wants... Sometimes it is only the weariness brought on by the shadow that impels one to tell all the facts, the way someone hiding will suddenly reveal himself, either the pursuer or the pursued, simply in order to bring the game to an end and to step free from what has become a kind of enchantment.” 8 likes
“Seafood poisoning, a cigarette lit as the person is drifting off to sleep and that sets fire to the sheets or, worse, to a woollen blanket; a slip in the shower—the back of the head—the bathroom door locked; a lightning bolt that splits in two a tree planted in a broad avenue, a tree which, as it falls, crushes or slices off the head of a passer-by, possibly a foreigner; dying in your socks, or at the barber’s, still wearing a voluminous smock, or in a whorehouse or at the dentist’s; or eating fish and getting a bone stuck in your throat, choking to death like a child whose mother isn’t there to save him by sticking a finger down his throat; or dying in the middle of shaving, with one cheek still covered in foam, half-shaven for all eternity, unless someone notices and finishes the job off out of aesthetic pity; not to mention life’s most ignoble, hidden moments that people seldom mention once they are out of adolescence, simply because they no longer have an excuse to do so, although, of course, there are always those who insist on making jokes about them, never very funny jokes.” 7 likes
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