—Francine Prose in O, The Oprah Magazine
During operating hours, Mario is a dutiful bureaucrat, scrupulously incomes his paycheck as an worker of the provincial Spanish city the place he lives. but if he walks throughout the door of his condominium, he's remodeled into the impassioned lover of Blanca, the gorgeous, inscrutable spouse he kept from the edge of private drawback. For the affection of Blanca, Mario eats sushi and carpaccio, nods in feigned knowing at experimental movies, sits patiently via lengthy conversations together with her avant-garde acquaintances, and conceals his disgust at stunning artwork exhibits.
Then, bit by bit, a wierd and ominous hazard starts off to weigh at the marriage.
How can love live to tell the tale its personal disappearance? The determined solution that Antonio Muñoz Molina proposes during this brief, round novella is a version of literary method and elegance, a best homage to Flaubert.
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