A dozen stories by Javier Marías the most subtle and gifted writer in contemporary Spanish literature (Boston Sunday Globe). Victims of mistaken identity, sponging relatives, amateur sleuths, eavesdroppers, professional liars, assassins, and failed bodyguards populate the short stories in When I Was Mortal.
Plots turn on curious exigenciesa woman about to star in her first porn film- a night doctor who adds new meaning to specialist- a ghost whose neglect is greatly resented. In the space of ten or twenty pages, as the Nouvel Observateur remarked, Marías contrives to write a novel. The short story fits Marías like a glove, as Le Point noted, and these stories have been acclaimed as dazzling (The London Times Literary Supplement)- formidably intelligent (The London Review of Books)- and startling (The New York Times Book Review).