When I Was Mortal

Marías, Javier

| 2000

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When I Was Mortal collects a dozen stories by Javier Marias--"the most subtle and gifted writer in contemporary Spanish literature" (The Boston Sunday Globe). Victims of mistaken identity, sponging relatives, amateur sleuths, eavesdroppers, professional liars, assassins, and failed bodyguards populate When I Was Mortal. Plots turn on curious exigencies--a woman about to star in her first porno film; a night doctor who adds new meaning to "specialist"; a ghost whose neglect is greatly resented. "In the space of ten or twenty pages," as the Nouvel Observateur remarked, "Marias contrives to write a novel."

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