In Her Absence

In Her Absence

Book - 2006
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Baker & Taylor
Alternating between his daytime persona as a dutiful, bureaucratic employee and his nighttime existence as his beautiful wife's impassioned lover, Mario patiently indulges his wife's avant-garde tastes in spite of his own preferences, until a strange and ominous threat begins to weigh on their marriage. Original.

Blackwell North Amer
"[A] translucent novel of passion, illusion and social class....slyly witty and luminous."
—Francine Prose in O, The Oprah Magazine

During working hours, Mario is a dutiful bureaucrat, scrupulously earning his paycheck as an employee of the provincial Spanish town where he lives. But when he walks through the door of his apartment, he is transformed into the impassioned lover of Blanca, the beautiful, inscrutable wife he saved from the brink of personal crisis. For the love of Blanca, Mario eats sushi and carpaccio, nods in feigned understanding at experimental films, sits patiently through long conversations with her avant-garde friends, and conceals his disgust at shocking art exhibits.

Then, little by little, a strange and ominous threat begins to weigh on the marriage.

How can love survive its own disappearance? The desperate answer that Antonio Muñoz Molina proposes in this short, circular novella is a model of literary strategy and style, a splendid homage to Flaubert.

Publisher: New York : Other Press, c2006
ISBN: 9781590512531
Branch Call Number: FIC MUN
Characteristics: 134 p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Allen, Esther 1962-


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Sep 09, 2012

A circular novella in ten perfect chapters. A bureaucrat with a beautiful, inscrutable wife whom he had rescued from a deteriorating life returns home one day to find his wife is a different person, at a time when their marriage is under threat. How can love survive? The author is obviously skilled, but I was always aware of its underlying patriarchy.


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