In Her Absence

In Her Absence

Book - 2006
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"[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 Mu#65533;oz 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
1590512537
Branch Call Number: MUNOZ MO
Characteristics: 134 pages ; 20 cm.

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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 uinder threat. How can love survive? The author is obviously skilled, but I was always aware of its underlying patriarchy.

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