Tomorrow in the Battle Think on Me, Paperback

Tomorrow in the Battle Think on Me Paperback

Part of the Penguin Modern Classics series

4 out of 5 (1 rating)


"Tomorrow in the Battle Think on Me" is a gripping and moving meditation on the hold that the dead have over the living, by Javier Marias, whose highly-anticipated new novel "The Infatuations" is published in 2013.

Victor, a ghostwriter, is just about to have an affair with Marta, a married woman, when - in the bedroom, half-undressed - she drops dead in his arms.

He panics and slips away. But Marta's family are all too aware that she was not alone when she died, and Dean, the widowed husband, is determined to find out who was sharing her bed that night.

Victor, accustomed to a life of pretending, finds that he cannot live in the shadows forever.




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A compelling study - more of a thought experiment than a plotted novel, of a man whose first night with a married woman ends with her dying (of unexplained and probably natural causes). Marias is always a stylish writer, and this is impressively realised and quite gripping in places. He is also unafraid to give his "hero" unpleasant character traits. It does seem a little bit misogynistic in places - the male characters are much more fully realised than the women.

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