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The Infatuations

A haunting murder mystery

By Javier Marias   April 2013

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Javier Marías is Spain’s most celebrated living novelist. His work has been translated into 32 languages and has won many international literary awards. WG Sebald wrote of Marías that, “he uses language like an anatomist uses the scalpel to cut away the layers of the flesh in order to lay bare the innermost secrets of that strangest of species, the human being.”

The passage below comes from the beginning of Marías’s new novel The Infatuations. The narrator, María Dolz, describes how she became obsessed with a couple…

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