The September Brazos Club group choice is THE INFATUATIONS by Javier Marías. A philosophical thriller full of suspense and intrigue, yet immensely readable, THE INFATUATIONS is an ideal introduction to the work of one of the world’s greatest living authors.
Maria, a young professional in Madrid, grows fond of a couple she’s been quietly observing in a cafe for years. But when the husband is brutally murdered Maria is suddenly an incidental character in the periphery of their lives, ultimately showing that we never truly know (or understand) anyone. In fact, his novels are not only peopled with unreliable characters but a world which is unreliable.
John Powers of NPR rightly observes, “Marías is a star writer in Europe, where his best-sellers collect prizes the way Kardashians collect paparazzi.” Critics have praised the way Marías “pits Spanish black humor against English grandiloquence to produce novels that are simultaneously fast-paced and meticulous, speculative and clinical, stylish and classical.” Javier Marías is part Nabakov and part Henry James, a writer with one foot planted in the classical world of 19th and 20 century novels and another in the contemporary world of fiction. Marias has also translated works from William Faulkner and Joseph Conrad into Spanish.
Sexy, smart and full of philosophical questions, THE INFATUATIONS is an incomparable work that I’m thrilled to discuss with our book group.