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All Souls

Authors: Marías, Javier
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: FIC016000, FIC019000, FIC041000
ISBN: 9780307951083, Related ISBNs: 0307950778, 0307951081, 9780307950772, 9780307951083
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 224,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: By one of the most important voices in contemporary world literature, a darkly comic novel about that most British of institutions, Oxford University.

In All Souls, a visiting Spanish lecturer, viewing Oxford through a prismatic detachment, is alternately amused, puzzled, delighted, and disgusted by its vagaries of human vanity. A bit lonely, not always able to see his charming but very married mistress, he casts about for activity; he barely has to teach. Yet so much goes into simply "being" at Oxford: friendship, opinion-mongering, one-upmanship, finicky exchanges of favors, gossip, adultery, book-collecting, back-patting, backstabbing. Marías demonstrates a sweet tooth for eccentricity in this sly campus novel and love story.
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