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The Resource Thus bad begins, Javier Marias ; translated by Margaret Jull Costa

Thus bad begins, Javier Marias ; translated by Margaret Jull Costa

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Thus bad begins
Title
Thus bad begins
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Javier Marias ; translated by Margaret Jull Costa
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Language
eng
Summary
Award-winning author Javier Marias examines a household living in the unhappy shadow of history, and explores the cruel, tender punishments we exact on those we love As a young man, Juan de Vere takes a job that will haunt him for the rest of his life. Eduardo Muriel is a famous film director - urbane, discreet, irreproachable - an irresistible idol to a young man. Muriel's wife Beatriz is a soft, ripe woman who slips through her husband's home like an unwanted ghost, finding solace in other beds. And on the periphery of all their lives stands Dr Jorge Van Vechten, a shadowy family friend implicated in unsavoury rumours that Muriel cannot bear to pursue himself - rumours he asks Juan to investigate instead. But as Juan draws closer to the truth, he uncovers more questions, ones his employer has not asked and would rather not answer. Why does Muriel hate Beatriz? How did Beatriz meet Van Vechten? And what happened during the war? As Juan learns more about his employers, he begins to understand the conflicting pulls of desire, power and guilt that govern their lives - and his own. Marias presents a study of the infinitely permeable boundaries between private and public selves, between observer and participant, between the deceptions we suffer from others and those we enact upon ourselves
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Marías, Javier
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no index present
Language note
Translated from the Spanish
Literary form
fiction
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Costa, Margaret Jull
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  • Marriage
  • Man-woman relationships
  • Married people
  • Spain
Target audience
adult
Label
Thus bad begins, Javier Marias ; translated by Margaret Jull Costa
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volume
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text
Control code
p225775930
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
503 pages
Isbn
9780241972809
Media category
unmediated
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  • (Sirsi) p225775930
  • (Sirsi) p225775930
Label
Thus bad begins, Javier Marias ; translated by Margaret Jull Costa
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Control code
p225775930
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
503 pages
Isbn
9780241972809
Media category
unmediated
System control number
  • (Sirsi) p225775930
  • (Sirsi) p225775930

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