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

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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
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 1st 2005 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
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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.
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Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am slightly less enthusiastic about this second part of the trilogy "Your face tomorrow", but that's only because part 1 had raised my expectations to the highest level. 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 ...more
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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Other Books in the Series

Tu rostro mañana (3 books)
  • Fever and Spear (Your Face Tomorrow, #1)
  • Poison, Shadow, and Farewell (Your Face Tomorrow, #3)
“Keşke kimse bizden hiçbir zaman bir şey rica etmese, hatta bir şey istemese, ne bir tavsiye, ne bir lütuf, ne bir borç, hatta ne de ilgi; keşke başkaları bizden kendilerini dinlememizi istemese, ne sefil sorunlarını, ne kendimizinkilerle tıpatıp aynı acı çelişkilerini,ne anlaşılmaz şüphelerini, ne kolaylıkla birbirinin yerini tutabilecek, artık hepsi yazılmış hikâyelerini (anlatmaya çalışılabilecek şeylerin yelpazesi pek geniş değildir), ne de eski adıyla kasavetlerini; kimde yoktur ki, yoksa da kim arayıp bulmaz ki; "Mutsuzluk bir icattır," diye sık sık alıntı yaparım içimden, doğrudur da, meğerki dışarıdan gelen ve nesnel olarak kaçınılmaz belalar, bir felaket, bir kaza, bir ölüm, bir yıkım, bir kovulma, bir veba, bir açlık olsun ya da hiçbir yapmamış birine haince zulmedilsin; tarih bunlarla doludur, bizim kendi tarihimiz, yani henüz tamamlanmamış çağımız da öyle (aslında aranıp bulunan, hak edilmiş ve icat edilmiş kovulmalar, yıkımlar ve ölümler de vardır).” 0 likes
“Evet, bir şeyin ne zaman bozulduğunu, parçalandığını ya da bizi yorduğunu biliriz genellike. Ama her zaman -bazen adeya büyü marifetiyle, kendi kendine- düzeleceğini, tamir olacağını ya da bizi canlandıracağını, bu bilginin doğrulanmayacağını umarız; meselenin daha basit olduğunu, bizimle ilgili bir şeyin can sıktığını, hoşa gitmediğini ya da tiksindirdiğini fark edersek, bir heves değişmeye, düzelmeye karar veririz. Ne var ki bu kararlar kuramsal ve inançsızdır. Aslında beceremeyeceğimizi ya da hiçbir şeyin bizim yaptıklarımıza ya da yapmadıklarımıza bağlı olmadığını biliriz.” 0 likes
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