By Javier Marías, Margaret Jull Costa
A guy marries a girl and after the honeymoon she commits suicide. as a consequence, he marries her sister and has a son. the radical, which received the Spanish Critics' Award, recounts the son's efforts to find the reality of that mysterious tragedy. by way of the writer of All Souls.
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My room was in darkness, no one had put on the light when night fell. Luisa was ill and asleep, I hadn’t moved from the balcony, I was watching the people of the city and then that woman, who was still stumbling towards me, still shouting words which, now, I could hear: “Hey! ” I was surprised when I understood what she was saying, but not so much because she was saying it to me as because of the way she said it, confidently, furiously, like someone ready to settle accounts with the person closest to them or the person they love, who is a source of endless irritation.
The boy from the shop – who sometimes didn’t deliver their order until lunchtime and who, when the shot was first heard, had been busily unpacking the boxes he’d brought – also stuck his head round the door, still whistling, the way boys often do as they walk along, but he stopped at once (he was the same age as the youngest son) when he saw the pair of low-heeled shoes cast aside or just half-off at the heel, the skirt hitched up and stained with blood – her thighs stained too – for from where he was standing that was all he could see of the fallen daughter.
She realized then that, as usual, she’d made the mistake of taking in the dessert before she’d cleared the plates away and laid new ones, but she didn’t dare collect the dirty ones and pile them up in case the absent guests hadn’t finished with them and would want to resume their eating (perhaps she should have brought in some fruit as well). Since she had orders not to wander about the house during mealtimes and to restrict herself to running between the kitchen and the dining room so as not to bother or distract anyone, she didn’t dare join in the murmured conversation of the group gathered round the bathroom door, why they were there she still didn’t know, and so she stood and waited, her hands behind her back and her back against the sideboard, looking anxiously at the cake she’d just left in the centre of the abandoned table and wondering if, given the heat, she shouldn’t instead return it immediately to the fridge.
A heart so white by Javier Marías, Margaret Jull Costa