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The Infatuations

Javier Marias

From the award-winning Spanish writer Javier Marías comes an extraordinary new book that has been a literary sensation around the world: an immersive, provocative novel propelled by a seemingly random murder that we come to understand-or do we?-through one woman's ever-unfurling imagination and infatuations. At the Madrid café where she stops for breakfast each day before work, María Dolz finds herself drawn to a couple who is also there every morning. Though she can hardly explain it, observing what she imagines to be their "unblemished" life lifts her out of the doldrums of her own existence. But what begins as mere observation turns into an increasingly complicated entanglement when the man is fatally stabbed in the street. María approaches the widow to offer her condolences, and at the couple's home she meets-and falls in love with-another man who sheds disturbing new light on the crime. As María recounts this story, we are given a murder mystery brilliantly reimagined as metaphysical enquiry, a novel that grapples with questions of love and death, guilt and obsession, chance and coincidence, how we are haunted by our losses, and above all, the slippery essence of the truth and how it is told.

From the award-winning Spanish writer Javier Marías comes an extraordinary new book that has been a literary sensation around the world: an immersive, provocative novel propelled by a seemingly random murder that we come to understand-or do we?-through one woman's ever-unfurling imagination and infatuations. At the Madrid café where she stops for breakfast each day before work, María Dolz finds herself drawn to a couple who is also there every morning. Though she can hardly explain it, observing what she imagines to be their "unblemished" life lifts her out of the doldrums of her own existence. But what begins as mere observation turns into an increasingly complicated entanglement when the man is fatally stabbed in the street. María approaches the widow to offer her condolences, and at the couple's home she meets-and falls in love with-another man who sheds disturbing new light on the crime. As María recounts this story, we are given a murder mystery brilliantly reimagined as metaphysical enquiry, a novel that grapples with questions of love and death, guilt and obsession, chance and coincidence, how we are haunted by our losses, and above all, the slippery essence of the truth and how it is told.
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From the award-winning Spanish writer Javier Marías comes an extraordinary new book that has been a literary sensation around the world: an immersive, provocative novel propelled by a seemingly random murder that we come to understand-or do we?-through one woman's ever-unfurling imagination and infatuations. At the Madrid café where she stops for breakfast each day before work, María Dolz finds herself drawn to a couple who is also there every morning. Though she can hardly explain it, observing what she imagines to be their "unblemished" life lifts her out of the doldrums of her own existence. But what begins as mere observation turns into an increasingly complicated entanglement when the man is fatally stabbed in the street. María approaches the widow to offer her condolences, and at the couple's home she meets-and falls in love with-another man who sheds disturbing new light on the crime. As María recounts this story, we are given a murder mystery brilliantly reimagined as metaphysical enquiry, a novel that grapples with questions of love and death, guilt and obsession, chance and coincidence, how we are haunted by our losses, and above all, the slippery essence of the truth and how it is told.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Justine Eyre

Length:

10h 36m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:15


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

09:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:41


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:51


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:14


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:07


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:11


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:30


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:53


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

09:49


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

09:21


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:34


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:33


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:51


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:43


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:35


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:50


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:58


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:44


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:54


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

09:21


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:41


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:59


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:04


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:43


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

09:10


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:51


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:31


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:41


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:27


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:41


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:52


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:59


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:14


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:13


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:31


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

09:05


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:05


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:08


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:28


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:03


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

09:06


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:15


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:34


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:37


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:47


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:28


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:29


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

09:32


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:54


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:53


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:11


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:56


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:08


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

09:09


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:07


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:22


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:06


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:47


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:18


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:41


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:18


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

09:41


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

09:59


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:31


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:33


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:49


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:50


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:55


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:50


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

09:28


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:08


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:59


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:38


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:20


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:53


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:07


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:18


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:03


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:36


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:09


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

09:04


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

08:16


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:31


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:31


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:49


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:58


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:21


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:28


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:12


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:53


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:36


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:39


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:05


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

03:09


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:21


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:49


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:33


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:20


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

08:42


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

00:29