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Javier Marias’s game of mirrors in Madrid

The playful fiction of Javier Marias is brilliantly funny

By Miranda France   March 2016

Madrid never sleeps: When Franco died the city came to life. ©Francisco Ubeda Llorente/Valentina Rios Moreno Instagram @lefreakschic

Read The Infatuations by Javier Marias

Thus Bad Begins by Javier Marias, translated by Margaret Jull Costa, Hamish Hamilton, £18.99 

Sometime towards the end of the 1980s, I remember sitting with a group of friends in a bar in Madrid. As dawn broke, one of us said that he really ought to…

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