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The Infatuations

A Novel

by Javier Marías

The Infatuations
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  • First Published:
    Aug 2013, 352 pages
    Paperback:
    Apr 2014, 352 pages

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Can you craft a logical explanation for just about any crime? How about murder? Making readers question the nature of morality, The Infatuations gives voice to our deepest fears about the fine line separating evil and good.

Every café has its regulars, whose conversation and habits help define the tempo and atmosphere, and who come to seem familiar, even "known" and necessary. In Javier Marías' fictional Madrid, one patron in particular stands out: María Dolz, book editor, elusive narrator, and soon-to-be keeper of an insidious secret.

The Infatuations opens with Maria's compelling memory: "The last time I saw Miguel Desvern or Deverne," she says, "was also the last time that his wife, Luisa, saw him, which seemed strange, perhaps unfair, given that she was his wife, while I, on the other hand, was a person he had never met, a woman with whom he had never exchanged so much as a single word." Indeed Miguel and Luisa were "The Perfect Couple," – the husband-wife team who used to frequent the café at the same time as Maria, and whose daily routines she relentlessly followed. It was ...

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