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About the Author: Javier Marías

Traversare l'orizzonte eBook ´ Paperback traversare book, l'orizzonte pdf, Traversare l'orizzonteTraversare l'orizzonte eBookJavier Mar as is a Spanish novelist, translator, and columnist His work has been translated into languages Born in Madrid, his father was the philosopher Juli n Mar as, who was briefly imprisoned and then banned from teaching for opposing Franco Parts of his childhood were spent in the United States, where his father taught at various institutions, including Yale University and Wellesley College His mother died when Javier was years old He was educated at the Colegio Estudio in MadridMar as began writing in earnest at an early age The Life and Death of Marcelino Iturriaga , one of the short stories in While the Women are Sleeping , was written when he was just He wrote his first novel, Los dominios del lobo The Dominions of the Wolf , at age , after running away to Paris Mar as operates a small publishing house under the name of Reino de Redonda He also writes a weekly column in El Pa s An English version of his column La Zona Fantasma is published in the monthly magazine The BelieverIn Mar as won the Nelly Sachs Prize.


Traversare l'orizzonteTraversare l'orizzonte eBook ´ Paperback traversare book, l'orizzonte pdf, Traversare l'orizzonteTraversare l'orizzonte eBookIl veliero, il Tallahassee che dovrebbe portare all Antartide scrittori e artisti, e un anonimo gruppo di scienziati e ricercatori non arriver mai al polo Sud, si attarder in una crociera preliminare nel Mediterraneo per poi fare tappa forse definitiva a Tangeri ma questo viaggio per mare traves a, nello spagnolo d origine termine che evoca anche un vento ostile alla navigazione, perpendicolare alla costa occasione o pretesto per rievocare l enigmatico rapimento di un pianista con finale erotico, isole paradisiache nel Pacifico dove costruire una citt da sogno, avventurieri pronti a uccidere e devastare, pirati senza volto, sparatorie e duelli, storie d a cupe e travolgenti E ancora, in altre latitudini e altri anni, una donna minuta e misteriosa, ricca e appassionata di letteratura, che morir portando con s i segreti che aveva promesso di svelare ma lascer tracce da interpretare con curiosit e acume da detective Un magistrale e affettuoso omaggio alla grande narrativa d avventura, un inchinarsi rispettoso ma inventivo all arte di autori come Henry James, Joseph Conrad o Conan Doyle Insomma, uno sfavillante Javier Mar as ventunenne, qui gi al secondo romanzo, che svela la passione per la scrittura e la grandezza d ispirazione che si troveranno in un crescente continuum lungo tutta la sua opera Anche se lo stesso autore con indomito sense of humour ha detto affettuosamente di questo libro A volte penso che non ho fatto altro che peggiorare, da allora.

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  1. Mike Puma says:

    4.636 Stars rounded up forget that BS debate over the worth of stars what we need are 1 10th stars or 1 100th stars, but then even with those some won t be content, and anyway my credibility, given the way I dole out 5 stars means less and less by the day So be it. This is not your father s Javier Mar as At least, this is not the Javier Mar as you ve encountered if you ve read other books by him Except, that it is Sorta The humor s there the facility with language is there the twisted 4.636 Stars rounded up forget that BS debate over the worth of stars what we need are 1 10th stars or 1 100th stars, but then even with those some won t be content, and anyway my credibility, given the way I dole out 5 stars means less and less by the day So be it. This is not your father s Javier Mar as At least, this is not the Javier Mar as you ve encountered if you ve read other books by him Except, that it is Sorta The humor s there the facility with language is there the twisted, convoluted, contortionist ploting but in this one, things happen There are events You know people do things and don t simply know them Well, sorta There s action, BIG action murder, deceit, repentant and unrepentant criminality, lying, kidnapping, seduction But only, again, sorta.You see, Voyage along the Horizon isn t really Voyage along the Horizon It is, but not really Voyage along the Horizon can t be Voyage along the Horizon because it contains Voyage along the Horizon.The part is not the whole The whole contains the part The whole is not the part It contains the part, and then some The part is not the whole part, because we never know if we get the whole part, we only know we get the whole whole Voyage along the Horizon includes Voyage along the Horizon rendering Voyage along the Horizon, in its entirety, well, Voyage along the Horizon Sorta Having cleared that up we can move on.An unnamed narrator becomes aware of a text, Voyage along the Horizon, and mysterious events surrounding several of its characters characters who are, or were real As he pursuesinformation about those characters, the fictive Voyage along the Horizon, is read to him The narration slides into and out of the narrated text information about the characters is conveyed inside and out of the fictive Voyage along the Horizon And it s all great fun.This is one of the author s earliest texts Some think feel that an immaturity shows My opinion screw em Or, So what Or, Are we really surprised when if authors get better at what they do or start doing things differently Aren t wedisappointed when authors don t show some sort of growth, or maturity as they publish newer, and hopefully, better novels There s another early and, as yet, untranslated Mar as Los Dominios del Lobo It, along with La Asesina Ilustrada by Enrique Vila Matas, according to Roberto Bola o Between Parentheses Essays, Articles and Speeches, 1998 2003 marks the departure point for our generation with regard to the relationship of contemporary readers and literature The obvious question posed to New Directions Publishing, as all three authors are primarily published here by NDP, is WTF Where are they And, How soon can you have them here, in my own grubby hands, for my own personal betterment and well being

  2. jeremy says:

    begun when he was nineteen and published two years later, voyage along the horizon traves a del horizontewas the second novel from the incomparable spanish novelist javier mar as a metafictional, seafaring homage to late nineteenth century fiction, voyage, while clearly presaging themes and elements to come in his later works, is muchthan an early outing from an author developing his style the novel is playful, humorous, and, as we ve come to expect from mar as, a penetrating glimp begun when he was nineteen and published two years later, voyage along the horizon traves a del horizontewas the second novel from the incomparable spanish novelist javier mar as a metafictional, seafaring homage to late nineteenth century fiction, voyage, while clearly presaging themes and elements to come in his later works, is muchthan an early outing from an author developing his style the novel is playful, humorous, and, as we ve come to expect from mar as, a penetrating glimpse into the psychology of the individual although not as accomplished as the books to follow, voyage along the horizon is an imaginative, well written work the likes of which most authors would be proud to count as their finest effort the feeling that you have made a fool of yourself, that you have wasted an opportunity you have sought for so long, that you have acted dishonorably, forever ruined a very well laid plan, failed to rise to the occasion, lacked tact and self control, seemed impertinent and unpleasantly obvious, lost someone s respect in short, the feeling that you have behaved like a perfect lout, is perhaps one of the most painful and humiliating sensations a man can ever know. translated from the spanish by kristina cordero fuentes, volpi, et al

  3. Tyler Jones says:

    We have become accustomed to the idea that a novel can not be both escapist entertainment and intellectually stimulating Voyage Along the Horizon belongs to that delightful class of novel that manages to be both While partly a parody of Nineteenth century sailing adventures, it is less a mockery than an experiment in grafting the popular genre of one era with the meta fictional sensibilities of another Mar as comments on the folly of the search for absolute truth, while at the same time deliv We have become accustomed to the idea that a novel can not be both escapist entertainment and intellectually stimulating Voyage Along the Horizon belongs to that delightful class of novel that manages to be both While partly a parody of Nineteenth century sailing adventures, it is less a mockery than an experiment in grafting the popular genre of one era with the meta fictional sensibilities of another Mar as comments on the folly of the search for absolute truth, while at the same time delivering a story packed with ripping adventure Perhaps only a nineteen year old writer would have the audacity to attempt something like this, which was how old Mar as was when he began writing it but very few writers would have had such well defined skills as Mar as did at that young age.The main story within the book is that of the voyage of the Tallahassee a steamer sail boat headed for Antarctica with both scientists and artists alike One passenger, the English novelist Victor Arledge, is less interested in the trip than with discovering the truth about a fellow passenger, Hugh Bayham, who was once the victim of an incredible kidnapping However Arledge s attempts to uncover the truth are constantly foiled by a series of incidents that are probably muchastounding than the story Arledge is trying to uncover.The voyage of the Tallahassee itself is but a novel with the novel and both novels are called Voyage Along the Horizon written by one Edward Ellis and read aloud by one Holden Branshaw or is it Horden Bragshaw a novel written by Ellis in order to explain the mysterious reclusion and death of Arledge A large portion of the book deals with a different narrative entirely, as the past of the ship s infamous captain Kerrigan is retold in all its horrific splendor and of course the veracity of this narrative is questionable as well.One of the many games afoot is that several characters within the book an one can assume the reader as well are obsessed with the discovering the truth Arledge is obsessed with finding the truth about Bayham and this obsession leads to his downfall Similarly Arledge s would be biographer Ellis whose name we discover only at the novels end is similarly obsessed, and similarly doomed I don t believe I will give away the ending by saying there is no ending to be given away If this book teaches us any thing, it is that when the voyage is this much fun the destination hardly matters

  4. Jason says:

    During the period of time between February of 2005 and March of 2006 when the San Fransisco based magazine THE BELIEVER was publishing English language translations of Javier Mar as s La Zona Fantasma columns, I was a regular reader of the magazine I would have looked at Charles Burns s sketch of Mr Mar as a great many times indeed over the course of that year and change I read the column itself consistently and with interest At some point the book publishing arm of THE BELIEVER, the magaz During the period of time between February of 2005 and March of 2006 when the San Fransisco based magazine THE BELIEVER was publishing English language translations of Javier Mar as s La Zona Fantasma columns, I was a regular reader of the magazine I would have looked at Charles Burns s sketch of Mr Mar as a great many times indeed over the course of that year and change I read the column itself consistently and with interest At some point the book publishing arm of THE BELIEVER, the magazine itself already an offshoot of McSweeney s, made available an edition of Mar as s VOYAGE ALONG THE HORIZON, his second novel, originally published in Spain in 1972 though apparently not properly released until 1973 , and written, impressively, when the author was between nineteen and twenty one years of age I didn t get around to reading it at the time and the book became consigned to the shelf, for all intents and purposes temporarily forgotten The Believer Books imprint put out at least one book I did read and which I adored, namely French misanthrope Michel Houellebecq s wonderful text on miserablist horror visionary H P Lovecraft It must have been in approximately 2010, when New Directions published a hardcover edition of the English translation, that I devoured with fascination Mar as s short story collection WHILE THE WOMEN WERE SLEEPING From there I moved pretty rapidly to the YOUR FACE TOMORROW trilogy and tore straight through it in expeditious fashion I have since gone on to read sixMar as novels before getting to VOAGE ALONG THE HORIZON, which I have just finished reading Over the course of the past decade I have often stated that I believe Javier Mar as to be in strong contention for consideration as our most brilliant and gifted contemporary novelist, and though I know that a number of the writers who wrote some of the finest novels of the post war era are still very much alive, my tendency has been to accord Mar as a particular exalted status as I believe him to currently be operating very much at the top of his game Now, what is perhaps unusual is that for the first few years that I spent venturing back into his body of work I had somehow forgotten that this author I had come to revere so highly was the author of that column I used to read in THE BELIEVER in addition to the novel VOYAGE ALONG THE HORIZON that their publishing arms had put out and which was sitting still unread on one of my shelves I say that this is perhaps unusual, but it all honesty it probably makes all too much sense, as I happen to have spent my late twenties and early thirties struggling with addiction and late stage alcoholism, my condition for the most part one of the most extreme dissipation My head has been far clearer for the last number of years, though I cannot precisely recall when it dawned on me that the Javier Mar as who I had been reading devotedly in recent years was the same author as he who wrote those columns and that novel I owned from Believer Books Suffice it to say that I have known this for some time now That I have put off getting to VOYAGE ALONG THE HORIZON until now may be in part due to the reticence provoked at the prospect of reading a novel the composition of which was commenced by its author whilst still a teenager and completed not long thereafter Having recently read the novels that Clarice Lispector wrote in her twenties the first of which was published shortly before she turned twenty three , three absolutely extraordinary masterpieces, it has very recently become clear to me that this is not an especially defensible prejudice Down off the shelf, then, comes VOYAGE ALONG THE HORIZON, and none too soon Any suspicion that the book might be the jejune or embarrassingly unworldly product of some precocious and inelegant upstart was very rapidly put to rest Not only does it testify to a genius already actualized, it may well be especially pleasurable for readers such as myself who have a pretty good handle on how this peerless prose stylist would subsequently develop his approach and his central preoccupations the most central of which might well be preoccupation itself This may not seem likely to a prospective reader who has read an outline of the plot of this early novel Something like a ribald seafaring yarn would seem to be on offer This is not the kind of stuff we readers of the later Mar as expect from him The Believer Books edition of VOYAGE concludes with an interview with its author, conducted in preparation for the publication of the edition in question, and we will not be surprised to therein find Mar as speaking of the influence of Jospeh Conrad on his younger self an author he would himself go on to translate Our interviewee also speaks of Henry James and Laurence Sterne the giant as far as these things go Mar as saw himself as a young man undertaking the execution of this work very much in dialogue with the literature of the 18th and especially the 19th centuries, and conceived of his project very much as a kind of admiring parody The debt to Sterne certainly manifests itself as mischief at the level of form, a quality of self reflexivity, and an approach which ultimately subjects the idea of the novel to enhanced scrutiny From Conrad of course we have a particular kind of elegance of craft used to tell seafaring adventure yarns From James we have what I read as, in the hands of Mar as, a tone of ironic solemnity and a focus on the burden, often dangerously transferred, of stories themselves And readers of popular novels of the 19th century, such as Mary Shelley s FRANKENSTEIN and Matthew Gregory Lewis s THE MONK actually from 1796 , will be familiar with a tendency in these novels to burry stories within stories within stories, a practice of which young Mar as makes prodigious use in his second novel The tale starts with our nominal narrator attending a reading of Victor Arledge s novel VOYAGE ALONG THE HORIZON at the residence of the deceased author s purported friend Mr Holden Branshaw the narrator concedes in passing that the man s name might actually well have been Horden Bragshawe in the company of a suspiciously eager woman named Miss Bunnage The reading will occur over two sessions, Miss Bunnage mysteriously although this is one mystery that the greater book does ultimately resolve failing to show up for the second of these The novelist Victor Arledge will turn out to actually be the protagonist of the novel within the novel, and after completed his reading of it, Branshaw if that really is his name mysteriously no longer considers it the masterpiece he previously held it to be, revealing also that it was in fact written by a man named Edward Ellis All manner of confusion and unreliability informs proceedings at every turn We should note of course that the title itself, VOYAGE ALONG THE HORIZON, would appear to have certain implications when undergoing a voyage we will naturally at all times see the horizon looming in the distance, whereas a voyage that is occurring along said horizon would necessarily have to be one viewed from afar and almost certainly with a fair amount of indeterminacy It would also seem unlikely that we receive a transcription of the novel within the novel, ourlikely being treated to something like a commendably exhaustive summation from the narrator, though this is itself not especially clear Early on in the novel within the novel or the summation thereof a newspaper article apprises us of the journey ahead MOST AMBITIOUS LITERARY ENTERPRISE KNOWN TO MAN A large group of illustrious writers and artists from England and France to embark on a voyage to Antartica, hoping to produce a literary work and a great musical spectacle based on their experiences at the South Pole Arledge is to board the TALLAHASSEE and embark on the journey in question, spearheaded as it is by one Captain Kerrigan He is excited to meet a musician named Hugh Everett Bayham, also set to join the expedition Arledge has recently received a letter from a friend in London shared with the reader apparently in full in which a recent rather mysterious Scottish misadventure of Bayham s is recounted We very quickly come to intuit that the journey is probably doomed, all manner of misfortune interceding from the outset, the first significant instance of such being the murder of Collins, the boatswain Florence Bonington enters the picture, a comely young woman who may hold the secret to Hugh Everett Bayahm s strange Scottish tale and with whom the musician keeps close company Captain Kerrigan gets extremely inebriated and instigates a violent scene on board He is subsequently confined under guard to his quarters Arledge will visit him, and subsequently recount some of the Captain s woeful backstory to Bayham these are the most explicitly Conradian passages, detailing the mercenary Captain s misadventures in the East and his journey aboard the UTTARADIT with the millionaires Merrivale and Holland along with the much younger wife of the former in the hopes of making intelligible the Captain s recent misconduct Or is this in fact what happens A clever bit of writerly obfuscation casts it into some doubt And so on and so on A man is killed in a duel on board Armed insurgents would seem to enter the picture from the periphery I don t think I am giving too much away at all to reveal that the South Pole is simply not happening Another thing that Mar as would seem to have adopted from Henry James is a gift for the weaving together of character motivation and incident in truly dexterous fashion I would like to share one astonishing passage to show you just how gifted a stylist and astute a clinician of the human animal this very young author already is It would be interesting indeed to find out the exact terms of the relationship between Bayham and Miss Bonington and I am afraid that Victor Arledge did but from what I have been able to ascertain to date, I imagine it was the type of relationship the observation of which, I admit, is rather agonizing and often leads to the dehumanization of one of the two parties that often arises between young couples on the precipice of getting married This type of relationship usually exhibits two distinct characteristics the most absolute servility or dutiful resignation on the side of the truly enad party in this case Hugh Everett Bayham , and the fickle whim of the other in this case Florence Bonington who, conscious of his or her charms, and as such doubly pernicious, simply allows himself or herself to be adored and loved In the majority of cases, and contrary to what one might intuitively guess, this second party is usually the less intelligent of the two I realize this may be a simplistic and slightly rudimentary way to look at it, but it does seem to explain, quite perfectly, the reasons why Hugh Everett Bayham, the day after L onide Meffre s death, decided he would not set foot on the upper deck While the Javier Mar as who wrote VOYAGE ALONG THE HORIZON is not yet the author who would go on to demonstrate an ability second to none when it comes to composing extremely long, digressive sentences of impeccable virtuosity and grammatical integrity, he is already a formidable literary craftsmen, and his pastiche of 19th century literary prose style operates quite seamlessly, especially when he utilizes his talents to create elaborate yet easeful formulations such as that quoted above reminiscent as it is of Henry James at his very finest We should note here that the completed reading of the novel within the novel is followed by passages which return our narrator back to something like business as usual, though the mystery aroused by the unusual novel read to him by an unusual man continues to eat away at him Though the mystery is dispersed, the irresolution nags at him and he is unable, even years later it would seem, to reconcile himself with certain loose ends The novel ends with the question of irresolution and how to adapt to both its intractability and its ubiquity The narrator becomes just as preoccupied with the novel within the novel especially the context of its composition, its possible traces of truthfulness as had Victor Arledge in that very novel with the Scottish misadventure of Hugh Everett Bayham, an obsession that the novel within the novel repeatedly tells us essentially destroyed Arledge s life though we are not filled in on how his ultimate undoing played out In the interview at the back of the Believer Books edition conducted, as I have said, decades after the novel s original Spanish publication Mar as says that he believes that what most links VOYAGE ALONG THE HORIZON to his later mature works is the presence of a fundamentally incorporeal or peripheral narrator, lacking agency, who recounts the story from a position of remove That is surely a sound observation However, as I have already said, I have long thought of Mar as as an author whose work is fundamentally about preoccupation or, if you prefer, obsession This is, to my mind, already very much the case with VOYAGE ALONG THE HORIZON Storytelling is about an obsessive need to define a reality and communicate it while obsession equally informs the perilous quest to get the story As for what distinguishes this early novel from the mature work, take note of Mar as s answer to the first question in the interview contained at the back, where he supplies as influences not only Conrad and James but Billy Wilder s 1970 film THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES, a film that upon its release was an avowedly modern film having a great deal of fun indeed with what were even then antiquated popular templates That VOYAGE ALONG THE HORIZON utilizes idioms and templates with ironic intent makes it seem like a demonstratively postmodern novel in a way its author s later masterpieces really are not Also note that in bringing up Laurence Sterne another writer Mar as went on to translate we are forced to consider TRISTRAM SHANDY, that remarkable 18th century masterpiece it is common to call postmodern avant la lettre When it comes to referring to very old novels as prematurely postmodern, of course, it is also common to go back even further than Sterne to Cervantes, DON QUIXOTE, and the Spanish Baroque, as such bringing to bear the literary history of Mar as s homeland This specific legacy, that of the Spanish Baroque, strikes me as being operational in Surrealism, the postmodern novel, and ongoing literary practices especially in the 20th century throughout Spain, Latin America, and the Spanish diasporagenerally If we want to discuss THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES, perhaps we might also like to consider Spaniard and first wave Surrealist Luis Bu uel s 1954 Mexican film adaptation of ROBINSON CRUSOE We might also think of Spanish Surrealist Eugenio Granell s THE NOVEL OF THE TUPINAMBA INDIAN and the work of the magnificent Felipe Alfau, a Spaniard living in American exile, whose remarkable masterpiece CHROMOS is up to such similar business with its stories within stories within stories and various Baroque amenities Many who read VOYAGE ALONG THE HORIZON likewise have and will continue to think of Borges As for the connection to the postmodern novel, how can we not think of John Barth, that most characteristically postmodern of postmodern novelists, whose THE SOT WEED FACTOR certainly seems like a definite precedent, and who in later works such as SABBATICAL A ROMANCE, THE LAST VOYAGE OF SOMEBODY THE SAILOR, and THE TIDEWATER TALES filled his sprawling canvases with sailors sailing and storytellers storytelling, as well as with irony and euphoria and irreconcilable mystery It is perhaps a tired commonplace to say that the adventure is about the journey rather than the destination Think of how a child plays Play is purely committed to pleasurable activity for its own sake Irony itself is fundamentally playful Those obsessed with destinations are like all who are obsessed they most likely face postponement, disillusionment, and torment Javier Mar as says that Billy Wilder s movie about Sherlock Holmes was and is one of his favourite movies Wilder famously had ten commandments about cinema the first nine of which were though shalt not bore Goddammit, it should be fun Adventure, play, stories freed of obsession Fun VOYAGE ALONG THE HORIZON very much is Perhaps a fun story about destructive obsessions with stories is ultimately an exorcismor at very least a catharsis, an overcoming, a liberating admonishment on behalf of the writer and for the reader targeting any personal tendency toward dismal self seriousness

  5. Rise says:

    The day that witnessed the departure of the Tallahasseea sailboat with a metal hull, three masts, and a steam engine, classified by Lloyds Register of Shipping as a mixed vessel, property of the Cunard White Star, built by Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in the United States, purchased by Great Britain where it was newly registered in 1896, though its original name, that of the city where it was baptized, remained the same , capable of reaching a velocity of 11.5 knots, with cap The day that witnessed the departure of the Tallahasseea sailboat with a metal hull, three masts, and a steam engine, classified by Lloyds Register of Shipping as a mixed vessel, property of the Cunard White Star, built by Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in the United States, purchased by Great Britain where it was newly registered in 1896, though its original name, that of the city where it was baptized, remained the same , capable of reaching a velocity of 11.5 knots, with capacity for seventy passengers, and operating under the command of Ship s Captain Eustace Seebohm, Englishman, and First Officer J D Kerrigan, American there was a great celebration at the port of Marseilles The ship was f ted and festooned with balloons, confetti, and streamers that dappled the surrounding waters with their dazzling colors As they boarded the vessel one by one, the passengers were cheered by the onlookers Finally, at ten in the morning, after all the obligatory ceremonies had finally come to a close, the boat pushed away from the coast with forty two prominent society figures, fifteen men of science, and an inevitably furious, resentful crew. Voyage Along the Horizon by Javier Mar as, translated by Kristina CorderoThis is a sopho effort by Javier Mar as, started when he was 19 years old and published two years later, in 1972 I m still eagerly waiting for when his first book, Los dominios del lobo 1971, Domains of the Wolf , will appear in translation That s that book, along with La asesina ilustrada The Enlightened Assassin by Enrique Vila Matas, that for Roberto Bola o, marks a departure point for our generation Voyage Along the Horizon is, by Mar an standards, a minor novel that I m still glad to have read One gets to see similarities and contrasts with the novelist s late style In this, the young novelist already displayed a tendency for playful tinkering with plot I can see why Bola o, fed up with the imitations of magical realist novels of Boom writers, would prefer a novel by a young Mar as The form, structure, and diction of Voyage Along the Horizon eschewed any magical and folkloric reference it did not anchor itself on a nationalist literature Instead it pays homage to the English adventure novels Its acknowledged influences are Joseph Conrad, Henry James, and Arthur Conan Doyle.The time of the novel within the novel was 1904 A trip to Antarctica was organized by the charismatic and gloomy Captain Kerrigan, who invited men and women of prestige aboard the Tallahassee writers, artists, and scientists The idea for this kind of journey must be bold and vain at the time, but it is prophetic too A similar trip was recently undertaken by a mix of scientists, academics, students and journalists to raise awareness about climate change news link here , provided by a friend.The story of this journey is a background story that is framed by the present story where the unnamed narrator talks about a novelist named Victor Arledge who retreated from society and who died abjectly A guest in the narrator s party mentions that he had with him a certain manuscript of a novel entrusted to him by a late friend The novel is entitled Voyage Along the Horizon In true Mar as habit, the name of the author of this novel will be withheld untilthan halfway into the book.A young woman who studied the works of Arledge is very interested in the contents of the manuscript, so she asks the literary executor Mr Holden Branshaw or Hordern Bragshawe, the narrator hadn t quite caught the name permission to read the novel which, once published, Branshaw or Bragshawe strongly believes, would catapult his friend to literary limelight and would pave the way for him to be considered one of the great novelists of his time Later on, this assessment will change, and Branshaw let s say will pass a definitively harsh judgement on the novel The winking self reference in this book must be one of its enjoyable aspects.Instead of letting the lady borrow the novel, Mr Branshaw invites the lady and the narrator to his house where he would read from his friend s manuscript From this story a novel called Voyage Along the Horizon within a story this novel of the same title , Mar as produces other branching stories in the form of letters, confessions, and investigations The novelist luxuriates in the same storytelling tics and antics that characterize his later books The safekeeping of secrets, the confession of unpleasant deeds, shady or morally corrupt characters, ever so lengthy digressions these are all here, surprisingly anticipating the elements swirling in his literary cosmogony In addition, the scenes that parade in its pages are as unlikely as they are assembled kidnapping, duel on a ship, smuggling on the shores of Formosa and Southeast Asia, pirate attacks, and a journey in search of a habitable island One must learn how to cultivate the art of ambiguity , someone said in the novel A principle that the novel seems to have taken to heart The novel resists resolution that would tie up everything neatly together Readers are instead treated to nontraditional murder and mystery stories, wide open to interpretation, and whose ending does not provide closure but cold comfort For a writer who has always been concerned with the act and art of storytelling, this novel is a kind of variation of his literary maneuvers Mar as may have hardened in his dense prose style, but his uncompromising worldview as a secret sharer and secret withholder has always been intact.The book contained an appendix an interview called Eight Questions for Javier Mar as where he discussed the novel s style and influences, its metafictional elements and the open ending, and the quality of his fiction that predisposes it to translation

  6. Jon says:

    Bouyed by my reading this week of Bernhard s worthwhile, early On the Mountain, I decided to tackle the earliest prose work available in English by another of my favorite writers Written during the span of his 19th to his 21st year, this exciting and playful novel only occasionally reveals the immaturity that I d like to imagine most people have at that tender age, but only occasionally Surprisingly, despite a plot that largely falls apart, and some clumsy paragraphs that fail at elegant exp Bouyed by my reading this week of Bernhard s worthwhile, early On the Mountain, I decided to tackle the earliest prose work available in English by another of my favorite writers Written during the span of his 19th to his 21st year, this exciting and playful novel only occasionally reveals the immaturity that I d like to imagine most people have at that tender age, but only occasionally Surprisingly, despite a plot that largely falls apart, and some clumsy paragraphs that fail at elegant explication, the elaborate syntax and sly observations on the nature of fiction and storytelling most of the ingredients, in other words, that make mature the Mar as such a pleasure to read are here intact Didn t Bola o speak highly of Dominions of the Wolf If it s anywhere near as accomplished as this, I hope it s translated soon Mar as may not have emerged fully formed, but there s a lot to enjoy here

  7. Sylvia says:

    Siempre he pensado que no hay nada mejor que hacer dos cosas a la vez Ver la tele y tejer Comer o beber y leer algo encantador Pero odio no poder leer y manejar Lo odio especialmente ahora con esta aventurosa novela de Javier Mar as que se aposenta en el asiento del copiloto esperando que yo est en un alto o en el tr fico para abrir sus p ginas y leer uno a uno los libros que forman la incre ble traves a por la Ant rtida a la que un tal John Kerrigan arrastr a un grupo de escritores.El hum Siempre he pensado que no hay nada mejor que hacer dos cosas a la vez Ver la tele y tejer Comer o beber y leer algo encantador Pero odio no poder leer y manejar Lo odio especialmente ahora con esta aventurosa novela de Javier Mar as que se aposenta en el asiento del copiloto esperando que yo est en un alto o en el tr fico para abrir sus p ginas y leer uno a uno los libros que forman la incre ble traves a por la Ant rtida a la que un tal John Kerrigan arrastr a un grupo de escritores.El humor, el colmillo, la brevedad po tica, la certeza y las m ltiples mascaradas tan conocidas en otras obras de Javier Mar as est n aqu en Traves a del Horizonte, ondeando como las velas de un barco

  8. Nate D says:

    Unfulfilled adventure novel forms, historical literary format pastiche, and rumination on the mysteries that compel us to seek the truth, or keep reading I wasn t particularly moved by it Mar as says that endpoints matter less than the voyage and atmosphere, which I would often agree with, but here the atmosphere, and particularly the characters, did not drag me along to the degree that his designs seem to require.

  9. Chris Heaney says:

    A little Borges, a little Conrad, a little Conan Doyle swirled together to make an interesting intellectual game The Conradesque embedded story in the middle is terrific, because it s the passage in which things really happen or not , but the rest just kind of taught me a lesson never go on an expedition to the Antarctic with a boat full of foppish artists You ll be bored to tears or murdered by the trip s end.

  10. Keliani says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Es el tipo de novela que empiezas a leer y no sabes qu esperar, pero mientras m s lees, m s te va interesando Am la efusividad de Victor Arledge, su relativa consistencia, y claro, todos los detalles de los compromisos sociales de la poca son muy divertidos Me hubiera gustado que se hablara m s sobre el capit n Kerrigan, de s lo imagin rmelo har a toda una novela con su vida.