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Marias, Javier (Translated by Margaret Jull Costa). THUS BAD BEGINS. London, England: Hamish Hamilton, 2016. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 505 pages. As New/As New.

The author's fifteenth work to be translated into English. One of the most important literary events of our time. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United Kingdom. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the American, which appears eight months later, in November 2016. It should also not be confused with copies that are signed on a tipped-in page. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. As usual, the British production is exemplary, and features a classic image by Elliott Erwitt on its cover. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Javier Marias' "Thus Bad Begins" in a felicitous English translation. "Unputdownable" literary mystery-thriller of the first rank. "A mesmerizing story of a couple living in the shadow of a mysterious, unhappy history, a novel about the cruel, tender punishments we exact on those we love. As a young man, Juan de Vere takes a job that will haunt him for the rest of his life. Eduardo Muriel is a famous film director - urbane, discreet, irreproachable - an irresistible idol to a young man. Muriel's wife Beatriz is a soft, ripe woman who slips through her husband's home like an unwanted ghost, finding solace in other beds. On the periphery of all their lives stands Dr. Jorge Van Vechten, a shadowy family friend implicated in unsavory rumors that Muriel cannot bear to pursue himself, rumors that he asks Juan to investigate instead. But as Juan draws closer to the truth, he uncovers more questions, ones his employer has not asked, and would rather not answer: Why does Muriel hate Beatriz? How did Beatriz meet Van Vechten? What happened during the war? As Juan learns more about his employers, he begins to understand the conflicting pulls of desire, power, and guilt that govern their lives. A study of the infinitely permeable boundaries between private and public selves, between observer and participant, between the deceptions we suffer from others and those we enact upon ourselves" (Publisher's blurb). "No one else, anywhere, is writing quite like this" (The Daily Telegraph). An absolute "must-have" title for Javier Marias collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in blue ink-pen on the title page by Javier Marias. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page, as most copies available online are. This title will become a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First British Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. Javier Marias' "The Infatuations" and "Your Face Tomorrow" Trilogy are widely regarded as among the greatest novels of our time. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine copy. . ISBN 0241972809. $70.00

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