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Fiebre y lanza

(Tu rostro mañana #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  2,072 ratings  ·  245 reviews
«No debería contar nunca nada», empieza por decir el narrador de esta historia, Jaime o Jacobo o Jacques Deza.

Y sin embargo su tarea va a ser la contraria, contarlo todo, hasta lo aún no sucedido, al ser contratado por un grupo sin nombre que durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial creó el M16, el Servicio Secreto británico, y que aún funciona hoy en día de manera tal vez degrad
Paperback, 475 pages
Published November 1st 2002 by Alfaguara (first published 2002)
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Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spanish
Not Smiley's People

Four themes in different keys. The question is whether there is harmony or discord.

Opening with an over-scrupulous Proustian introduction, the protagonist, Deza, considers the disintegration of his marriage. He tries to formulate a theory of the case, to name the cause, as it were. He declares that "things only exist once they have been named." But names, particularly proper names, are an issue for him. Deza is variously Jaime, Jacobo, Jacques, and Jack depending on the compan
Luís C.
A novel in which the narrator analysed-himself with a sharpness and honesty that are a feast for the soul. Such a book can probably not be written at the age of 25, he must have lived and suffered out such a masterpiece.
K.D. Absolutely
Sep 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2008-2012)
A difficult yet very rewarding read. It took me so many days to finish this. I thought it would only take me around 10 days to finish this book but it dragged on to almost a month. The reason? The frequent appearance of beautiful passages that I have to stop reading and think through them. Pause. Think of what Marias is saying. Do a self-reflection. More often than not, whenever I do a self-reflection at night, I have to close my tired eyes. Then because I've been reading a lot, it is very hard ...more
Eddie Watkins
I can’t help it, Javier Marias’ voice seduces me. It’s a purely cerebral seduction, but still sexy in its smooth (& feverish) unspooling of its own explorations of itself inside my head. Admittedly, to actually read the whole of this book requires a seduction, and a willingness on the part of the reader to cede control of his/her own reading experience to the overwhelming, unrelenting voice; for this voice's self-love (a self-love that is also selfless) to be loved by another.

It’s all in th
Dec 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So yeah, I suppose that if you write an actionless, multi-volume novel with a vulgarly high comma-to-period ratio and no actual events save a party and stuffy rich erudite people yakking, you must be consciously placing yourself in a specific European literary tradition, and inviting certain comparisons to some celebrated, endless plotlessness that has come before. So yes, to answer the question blazing in everyone's mind: if Marcel Proust were Spanish and writing a twenty-first-century spy nove ...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
Stephen P
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: latin-american
The need for a Marias book is a physical uncompromising yearning, . A novel 1,200 pages long broken down into three volumes. Can you imagine, three volumes of Marias magic to quell the need. A magic carpet ride for a month or more.

Marias jumps in right away through his main character Deza, can the truth be derived at from the gathering of facts rather than the circumlocutions of impressions. Does one, after memorizing all the detail and facts of a painting, aware of each brushstroke and its assi
Deniz Balcı
Oct 04, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sıradaki
Henüz çok başındayım ama şunu söyleyebilirim ki son senelerde okuduğum en güzel, en yoğun ve en muntazam edebiyat metini bu. Anlatım dili insanı heyecanlandıran kusursuzlukta. Elbette bunun en önemli sebeplerinden biri kitabı çeviren Roza Hakmen'in sınırlar ötesi çevirisi. 'Kayıp Zamanın İzinde' çevirisiyle, alt edilemeyecek bir rüşt ispatı yapan Hakmen'in Proust'dan sonra okuduğum, en az onun kadar çarpıcı eşsiz çevirisi estetik zevkin doruğu.
Mar 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first 16 pages or so I found rough sledding because they contain almost no concrete detail. These pages are all about not trusting others, keeping your mouth shut, how readily others will betray you and so forth. Though this opening passage sets the tone for the novel well — it is a cerebral, highly digressive, novel of ideas, obsessed with history, its retention and denial, its wholesale manufacture and dissemination — it is not what you would call a boffo opening. It’s rather dead, actuall ...more
Ted Mooney
Mar 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I believe Marias will be the next European writer of my generation (after Orhan Pamuk) to win the Nobel Prize. This novel comes in three volumes, but Javier insists it is a single text. How can you not be intrigued by a 1,000-page novel that begins with the sentence: "One should never tell anyone anything or give information or pass on stories or make people remember beings who have never existed or trodden the earth or traversed the world, or who, having done so, are now almost safe in uncertai ...more
Apr 23, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-espanha, 1e
Estou pelos cabelos com as divagações deste homem! Saber o que Javier Marías pensa da vida tem interesse quando se lê o primeiro livro dele... e o segundo... e o terceiro... e o quarto. Ao quinto já não se aguenta.
Li cem páginas. E quando penso que isto só termina daqui a mil, apetece-me gritar. Como é tarde, a vizinhança dorme, é melhor desistir...
João Reis
Um bom ensaio, mas um mau romance.
Sr. Marías, leia T. Bernhard, sff. Obrigado.
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Klasik Marias veya İngilizce tabirle “vintage Marias”. Marias’ın ismini sağlamlaştırdığı belirtilen üçlemenin ilk kitabı Ateş ve Mızrak. Edebi bir casusluk romanı olarak nitelendirilebilir. Ama yazarın esas meselesi, diğer romanlarında olduğu gibi, insanın doğasını deşmek, keşfetmek. Bu bağlamda İngiliz gizli servisinin “insan sarrafı” arayışı ilginç bir şekilde ele alınmış bu kitapta. İnsanoğlu karmaşık bir varlık, çözmesi kolay değil. Böyle kitaplar bu meseleyle ilgilenenlere biraz ışık tutuyo ...more
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Myriad readers of the Essays by Montaigne have remarked, how'd he know? This implies some spooky insight into our interior motivations that the Mayor of Bordeaux anticipated 400 years ago. It translates into vanity. That said, I felt often over the last few days that Javier Marias was privy to many of my own streams of though. This is an astonishing treatise on language, memory and history.
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spanish, top-10-2012
I am a spy. (Who knew?)

Not for country or a cause, though causes abound. Just an observer of the passing panoply of life. And there are others: ‘interpreters of people’, ‘translators of lives’, ‘anticipators of histories’. And might we prove useful to you? A fee, perhaps, for our art.

The woman is desperate for attention, she’d invent the craziest fantasies just to be noticed. . .

The guy has principles and would definitely never succumb to a bribe, I’d stake my life on it. . .

I wouldn’t even cro
Jan 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Un día Javier Marías se dijo, al parecer, que le gustaría, o le hubiese gustado, ser filósofo como su padre, Julián Marías, pero como no debe tener la paciencia o la disciplina para escribir tratados de filosofía, se le ocurrió que podría incluir en sus novelas todo ese fárrago de ideas y contraideas que le rondaban y le siguen rondando (véase su última novela, si no) por la cabeza, y es así que por los últimos quince años más o menos tenemos los que admiramos su anterior novelística, que leer s ...more
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: roman
kişisel hikayelerden yapılan toplumsal çıkarımları, derin analizleri ile beni yakalayan, zaman zaman uzun diyalogları ile sıkan, hiçbir karakterine yakınlık hissedemediğim ama bir şekilde elimden de bırakamadığım bi’ okuma deneyimi oldu..
yine de, ikinci cilde başlamak için sabırsızlanıyorum..
Sep 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not much of a plot development so far. A Spanish intellectual named Jaime Deza has separated from his wife and moved to London to work for the BBC. His father was imprisoned by the Franco regime for a period after the Spanish Civil War. He’s getting involved with a group within the British intelligence service who is in charge of “reading the character” of various individuals. That’s pretty much it so far. But who cares for plots. Plots are for those who can’t write. Deza knows some old intellec ...more
Dec 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, lit-fiction
Volume 1 of the Your Face Tomorrow trilogy, which apparently isn't a trilogy at all but is meant to be read as one long novel. Which means that there was a long wait in between volumes for the people who were buying and reading these as they came out, as the first one was published in English in 2005 and the third one in 2009. Luckily I didn't start reading volume one until I had all three of them.

Having said that, it probably doesn't matter all that much as (in volume 1 anyway), there is very l
Marias, için diyebilecek hiçbir şeyim yok. Benim yilin en iyi kitaplarindan biriydi. Marias, dikkat edilmesi gereken bir yazar. Okurken sadece okuru zorlamiyor, onun dilinde kaybolup gidiyorsunuz.

Bu yil tekrar okuyarak yorumumu girecegim
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Los libros de Javier Marías suelen gustarme bastante pero este me ha costado, me ha costado.
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not for everyone, this novel, and I don’t mean this in a denigrating way. This novel is 400 pages long and yet there’s hardly any action in it; almost all of the time we are in the head of the Spanish emigré Deza, finding our way through his observations and thoughts, in sentences of sometimes over half a page. Curious coincidence: the main character bears the same French first name (Jacques) as that of W.G. Sebald in 'Austerlitz', and it happens that after a few dozen pages I spontaneou ...more
i'm torn: marias is an original, he's spanish, and he very much loves books and people... but, no. i cannot commit. his prose and thoughts are just too unfocused. he digresses (and digresses and digresses and digresses) on a subject and it feels a mere jumble of breezy pontifications -- does it stick in the brain? in the guts? how much of himself does he truly invest? how much is on the line? (a marias/n. mailer hybrid would be interesting) these two books contain lots of virtuoso scenes and i'm ...more
Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-english
Шпионский триллер самого медленного писателя в мире развивается предсказуемо: в первом томе трилогии героя попросили стать шпионом. С нетерпением ждем следующих томов #интрига
Nov 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
At what point does daring become excess? When exactly does the courage of persistence become nothing more than a hopeless snape-hunt? These are not really the themes facing the characters in Javier Marias' "Your Face Tomorrow: Fever and Spear" but the questions that intrepid readers of this unique novel will consider if they choose to read it to its (completely open) end. Is Marias a genius or just an intellectual asshole? The truth has got to be somewhere inbetween, or maybe it's actually both ...more
Justin Evans
Nov 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I read a review of this years ago, and vaguely thought about reading it, then opted not to. When I read a review of the third volume I finally caved in and decided to buy it. I only got round to reading it when Philip Roth had made me so disgusted with writers of English that I felt the need to clean out my brain.

I originally thought I wouldn't read it because people said it was like Sebald. Well yes, inasmuch as Marias is concerned with style and ideas. The difference is that Marias' ideas and
Sep 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jaime Deza, the protagonist of this novel, has this power of reading people. His mentor, an old man, is the same. They can know people's history and psychology and what they're capable of just by observing them and hearing them talk. Nothing happens much in this the first volume of the story. What is certain is that by the end of the third volume, someone will be betrayed and will pay the price for "careless talk." This is ultimately a spy story, but it's James Bond in the role of a psychologist ...more
Apr 19, 2014 rated it liked it
La lectura de Tu rostro mañana me ha servido para confirmar que las novelas de Javier Marías no son para mí. Reconozco su calidad literaria, la riqueza de vocabulario de la que el autor hace alarde, su perfecta construcción de las frases, pero me irrita la falta de argumento, de acción, de auténtica historia. Sus novelas son un compendio de disquisiones, reflexiones sobre lo divino y lo humano, remembranzas y opiniones, muchas de un tono excesivamente pedante y que muestran un desprecio absoluto ...more
pierlapo  quimby
Dec 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: iberici
Tanto per cominciare sarebbe un errore affrontare il libro come fosse la prima parte di una trilogia (queste trilogie poi ci hanno annoiato, non le sopportiamo più, ci fanno persino usare la prima persona plurale tanto grande è il fastidio che ci provocano, grande al punto da non poter essere confinato nel sentimento di una sola persona, no, ce ne vogliono almeno due, per l'appunto); in realtà Il tuo volto domani è un unico romanzo diviso in tre parti, e questa è la prima.
Credo sia una cosa da m
Miguel Duarte
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: espanhóis

Ao longo dos seus já treze romances (e outros tantos livros de contos e colectâneas de crónicas e artigos), o narrador de Javier Marías parece ser sempre o mesmo. Com as devidas variações de um livro para o outro, o seu trabalho incide sempre em algo que lide com interpretar o outro, seja através de traduções ou subtextos, ou sendo um escritor fantasma (vulgo ghostwriter) ou até mesmo um intérprete de ópera. Acima de tudo, o narrador de um livro de Javier
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Javier Marías is a Spanish novelist, translator, and columnist. His work has been translated into 42 languages. 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 Col ...more

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“One should never tell anyone anything or give information or pass on stories or make people remember beings who have never existed or trodden the earth or traversed the world or who, having done so, are now almost safe in uncertain, one-eyed oblivion. Telling is almost always done as a gift, even when the story contains and injects some poison, it is also a bond, a granting of trust, and rare is the trust or confidence that is not sooner or later betrayed, rare is the close bond that does not grow twisted or knotted and, in the end become so tangled that a razor or knife is needed to cut it.” 12 likes
“We live, I suppose, in the unconfessed hope that the rules will at some point be broken, along with the normal course of things and custom and history, and that this will happen to us, that we will experience it, that we — that is, I alone — will be the ones to see it. We always aspire, I suppose, to being the chosen ones, and it is unlikely otherwise that we would be prepared to live out the entire course of an entire life, which, however short or long, gradually gets the better of us.” 9 likes
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