While the Women Are Sleeping

Stories, Fiction

Javier Marías
translated by Margaret Jull Costa

A dozen unforgettable stories by "one of the most original writers at work today" (Wyatt Mason, The New York Times Book Review).

Slippery figures in anomalous situations – ghosts, spies, bodyguards, criminals – haunt these stories by Javier Marías: the characters come bearing their strange and special secrets, and never leave our minds. In one story, a man obsessed with his much younger lover endlessly videotapes her every move, and then confides his surprising plans for her; in another a ghost can't stop resigning from his job. Masterfully, Marías manages in a small space to perplex and delight. "The short story fits Marías like a glove," as Le Point noted. His stories have been hailed as "formidably intelligent" (The London Review of Books), "a bracing tonic" (The Chicago Tribune), and "startling" (The New York Times Book Review).

More Praise…

“Formidably intelligent. ”

London Review of Books

“These stories provide a fascinating insight into the development of a great writer; particularly his experimentation with voice and subject matter.”

The Independent