Venice, An Interior
"Venice is a hypercity. Here the narrow becomes wide, the near becomes far, the timeless becomes transient, the limited becomes infinite . . . ' Venice is a place of fascinating contradictions, equally full of glamour and chaos. It has a unique romantic appeal that lingers in the imagination, attracting millions of travellers each year, and yet truly native Venetians are a secretive, elusive tribe. As a young man, Javier MarYas briefly made his home in Venice. Since then he has left and returned to the city many times, exploring it over the course of more than thirty years. With characteristic thoughtfulness and elegance, he sets out to uncover the heart of this strange and enchanting place."
Javier Marias was born in Madrid in 1951. He is the author of sixteen works in Spanish, which have been translated into forty-two languages including English. His translated English works are All Souls, A Heart So White, Tomorrow in the Battle Think on Me, When I Was Mortal, Dark Back of Time, The Man of Feeling, Voyage Along the Horizon, Written Lives, the Your Face Tomorrow trilogy (Fever and Spear, Dance and Dream, and Poison, Shadow and Farewell), Bad Nature, While the Women Are Sleeping, The Infatuations and Thus Bad Begins. Javier Marias has received numerous literary prizes including the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Prix Formentor, and he is the King of Redonda. He lives and works as a translator and columnist in Madrid. Venice is taken from his forthcoming work, Between Eternities, which will be published in English translation by Hamish Hamilton in 2017.