The Culmination of his Art: <i>Tu rostro mañana</i>

Gareth Wood

in Javier Marías's Debt to Translation

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199651337
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741180 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Modern Languages and Literature Monographs

The Culmination of his Art: Tu rostro mañana

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This chapter is in two sections and offers a synthesis of the conclusions of the book and relates them to Marías's penultimate and longest novel, Tu rostro mañana. Hence, the first section of the chapter offers a close reading of the novel and suggests ways in which Marías develops and adds layers of complexity to what had been the preoccupations of the previous novels discussed in this study, preoccupations that include betrayal, the unknowability of others, the Spanish Civil War, intervention of the state in the life of the private individual. The first section traces the development of these preoccupations in both the novel and in Marías's journalism in the period of the novel's gestation. The chapter's second section shows how Marías has continued to use translation, intertextuality, and palimpsest as a means of developing the characterization in TRM. Close analysis is given of the quotations and paraphrasing of Shakespeare's King Henry V, W. G Sebald's On the Natural History of Destruction, Milton's sonnets, Sefton Delmer's autobiography, and Robert Louis Stevenson's poetry.

Keywords: Tu rostro mañana; W. G. Sebald; Sefton Delmer; William Shakespeare; King Henry V; On the Natural History of Destruction; Robert Louis Stevenson; John Milton; espionage; Spanish Civil War; betrayal

Chapter.  31584 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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