A heart so white by Javier Marías, Margaret Jull Costa

By Javier Marías, Margaret Jull Costa

A guy marries a girl and after the honeymoon she commits suicide. for that reason, he marries her sister and has a son. the radical, which gained the Spanish Critics' Award, recounts the son's efforts to find the reality of that mysterious tragedy. by means of the writer of All Souls.


If Ranz has informed no lies to his son Juan, that's simply because Juan has requested no questions. but if Juan marries, and his spouse and father have issues to inform one another, drama follows. And Ranz's Read more...

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No doubt something she’d eaten had disagreed with her, but we didn’t know that for certain then and I immediately wondered if perhaps she’d caught something in Mexico, one of those illnesses to which Europeans are so susceptible, something serious like amoebic dysentery. The unspoken presentiments of disaster that had accompanied me since the wedding ceremony took different forms and one of them (the least hidden, that is, not left entirely unspoken), was the threat of an illness or sudden death overtaking the person with whom I was going to share my life as well as both the concrete and the abstract future, despite my impression that the latter was no more and that my life was already half over; as, perhaps, was our life together.

I saw her newly shaved armpit, she’d shaved it carefully for her date. She glanced again to my left then back at me, glanced to my left and again at me. ” asked Luisa again from her bed. Her voice was fearful, full of a double fear, internal and external, she was afraid of what was happening to her body, so far from home, and of whatever it was that was going on out there, on the balcony, out in the street, of what was happening to me and not to her, for married couples soon get used to the idea that whatever happens, happens to them both.

She gave three more steps without looking up and when she did, when she opened her mouth to insult me or threaten me and began for the nth time to make that prehensile movement, like a lion’s claw, the grasping gesture that meant: “You won’t get away from me” or “You’re mine” or “I’ll see you in hell”, she left it raised in mid-air, her bare arm frozen in action, like that of an athlete. I saw her newly shaved armpit, she’d shaved it carefully for her date. She glanced again to my left then back at me, glanced to my left and again at me.

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