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Written Lives af Javier Marías
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Written Lives (original 1992; udgave 2007)

af Javier Marías (Forfatter), Margaret Jull Costa (Oversætter)

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"Written Lives is a heart-felt and funny gallery of mini-biographies of twenty great world authors. In addition to his own busy career as "one of Europe's most intriguing contemporary writers" (TLS), Javier Marias has also translated into Spanish works by Hardy, Stevenson, Conrad, Faulkner, Nabokov, and Laurence Sterne. His love for these authors is the touchstone of Written Lives. Collected here are twenty pieces recounting great writers' lives, "or, more precisely, snippets of writers' lives." Mann, Rilke, Conan Doyle, Turgenev, Lowry, Djuna Barnes, Emily Bronte, and Kipling appear ("all fairly disastrous individuals"), and "almost nothing" in his stories is invented."--BOOK JACKET.… (mere)
Medlem:shiznise
Titel:Written Lives
Forfattere:Javier Marías (Forfatter)
Andre forfattere:Margaret Jull Costa (Oversætter)
Info:New Directions (2007), 208 pages
Samlinger:Ønskeliste
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Written Lives af Javier Marías (1992)

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    Imaginary Lives af Marcel Schwob (bluepiano)
    bluepiano: bluepiano: Both are collections of short biographies of real people, but whilst Schwob's accounts are, em, creative Marias's are factual ones presented as fiction. Schwob isn't so well known as he deserves to be and Marias seems to be known here only for his novels, so these are in a sense neglected works. Both are quite wonderful.… (mere)
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Contrairement à la plupart des autres œuvres de Marias, il s’agit d’un livret très court: ce n’est pas un roman, mais un recueil d’une vingtaine de portraits d’écrivains connus et moins connus, qu’il a publié dans un journal espagnol au début des années 1990. Ne vous attendez donc à aucune profondeur, au contraire. Marias souligne dans son introduction qu'il ne se concentre pas sur l'oeuvre des écrivains, mais sur les petits aspects, généralement moins connus de leur vie. En conséquence, ce livret propose une succession d'aspects mesquins et carrément misanthropes des écrivains si célèbres, qui semblent tous avoir été des gens assez excentriques, avec lesquels il n'était pas facile de vivre, et qui ont souvent mis fin à leurs jours en amère solitude. Pour être honnête, à la fin, j'avait l'impression que Marias avait présenté un véritable cabinet de curiosités. Au début, la liste interminable des petites manières des écrivains est assez divertissante, mais après un certain temps, il semble que les auteurs par définition soient des personnes impossibles. C'est aussi principalement une affaire d'hommes (ce qui peut expliquer certaines choses), mais Marias a par la suite ajouté des portraits féminins tout aussi laids. En général, c'est bien sûr une lecture intéressante, bien qu'il n'y ait pas grand chose de nouveau à apprendre sur les écrivains les plus célèbres (Joyce, Faulkner, Nabokov…). Oui, après tout, eux aussi ne sont que des humains! ( )
  bookomaniac | Oct 31, 2020 |
Written Lives is a twisted triptych, composed of disparate elements, forces which may be at cross-purposes. The first section is a series of slim portraits of established authors. Marias tends to judge favorably on those not burdened with self-importance. He likes the quiet ones, those that shunned self-promotion and didn't think of themselves in terms of immortality. this section has a certain commonality with [b:Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History and the Arts|262762|Cultural Amnesia Necessary Memories from History and the Arts|Clive James|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1358748675s/262762.jpg|1126436] but more geekily indulgent than James's masterful assemblage: Marias doesn't profess a moral agenda.

The middle section concerns a handful of female authors (there are a number of women in the first section) most of whom I was unaware. Outside of Emily Bronte, most of these people are footnotes in the history of letters. This section proved more evocative, at least to me - it was rather expository.

The final element was an essay on the portraits of authors. This coincides with Sebaldian photographs on every page. This may be the kernel of an abandoned book: an inquiry along the lines of Susan Sontag.

Written Lives was a satisfying diversion, sufficiently steeped with anecdotes for future larding and bereft of anything too harsh.
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  jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
A translation of Vidas escritas. Madrid: Siruela, 1992. Collects biographical sketches, ‘brief lives’ (mixing the telling anecdote and the pithy judgment) previously published in the magazine Claves, including ’Robert Louis Stevenson entre criminales’. The title refers to Stevenson’s interest in morally ambiguous lives. Among other comments, Marías says ‘Almost nobody takes the trouble to read Stevenson’s essays, which are among the most penetrating and lively examples from the nineteenth century’.
‘It’s difficult to be moderate about the charm of these brief portraits of Rimbaud, Turgenev, Rilke, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Robert Louis Stevenson, Isak Dinesen, Djuna Barnes and a dozen other literary eminences.[…] [A] wry sense of amusement characterizes Marías’s approach. Though he acknowledges the artistic greatness of his chosen writers, he prefers to point out and relish their personal oddities, all those quirks, eccentricities and obsessions that make them neurotically and sometimes pitiably human.’ (Michael Dirda, The Washington Post 5 feb. 2006 )
1 stem richard_dury | May 13, 2018 |
Brilliant little biographies of famous writers, though each ends on a tragic note since they're all dead.

https://youtu.be/q-cTtGAiyuA ( )
  soylentgreen23 | Jul 3, 2016 |
Javier Marías construye su particular retrato de escritores por los que nunca a ocultado su admiración. ( )
  pedrolopez | Mar 24, 2015 |
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"Written Lives is a heart-felt and funny gallery of mini-biographies of twenty great world authors. In addition to his own busy career as "one of Europe's most intriguing contemporary writers" (TLS), Javier Marias has also translated into Spanish works by Hardy, Stevenson, Conrad, Faulkner, Nabokov, and Laurence Sterne. His love for these authors is the touchstone of Written Lives. Collected here are twenty pieces recounting great writers' lives, "or, more precisely, snippets of writers' lives." Mann, Rilke, Conan Doyle, Turgenev, Lowry, Djuna Barnes, Emily Bronte, and Kipling appear ("all fairly disastrous individuals"), and "almost nothing" in his stories is invented."--BOOK JACKET.

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