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Il veliero, il Tallahassee - che dovrebbe portare all'Antartide scrittori e artisti, e un anonimo gruppo di scienziati e ricercatori - non arriverà mai al polo Sud, si attarderà in una crociera preliminare nel Mediterraneo per poi fare tappa - forse definitiva - a Tangeri: ma questo viaggio per mare (travesía, nello spagnolo d'origine: termine che evoca anche un vento ostiIl veliero, il Tallahassee - che dovrebbe portare all'Antartide scrittori e artisti, e un anonimo gruppo di scienziati e ricercatori - non arriverà mai al polo Sud, si attarderà in una crociera preliminare nel Mediterraneo per poi fare tappa - forse definitiva - a Tangeri: ma questo viaggio per mare (travesía, nello spagnolo d'origine: termine che evoca anche un vento ostile alla navigazione, perpendicolare alla costa...) è occasione o pretesto per rievocare l'enigmatico rapimento di un pianista con finale erotico, isole paradisiache nel Pacifico dove costruire una città da sogno, avventurieri pronti a uccidere e devastare, pirati senza volto, sparatorie e duelli, storie d'amore cupe e travolgenti. E ancora, in altre latitudini e altri anni, una donna minuta e misteriosa, ricca e appassionata di letteratura, che morirà portando con sé i segreti che aveva promesso di svelare ma lascerà tracce da interpretare con curiosità e acume da detective. Un magistrale e affettuoso omaggio alla grande narrativa d'avventura, un inchinarsi rispettoso ma inventivo all'arte di autori come Henry James, Joseph Conrad o Conan Doyle. Insomma, uno sfavillante Javier Marías ventunenne, qui già al secondo romanzo, che svela la passione per la scrittura e la grandezza d'ispirazione che si troveranno in un crescente continuum lungo tutta la sua opera. Anche se lo stesso autore - con indomito sense of humour - ha detto affettuosamente di questo libro: «A volte penso che non ho fatto altro che peggiorare, da allora»....

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Traversare l'orizzonte Reviews

  • Mike Puma
    2019-06-25 21:23

    4.636 Stars—rounded up (forget that BS debate over the worth of ½ stars—what we need are 1/10th stars or 1/100th stars, but then even with those some won’t be content, and anyway my credibility, given the way I dole out 5 stars means less and less by the day. So be it. This is not your father’s Javier Marías. At least, this is not the Javier Marías you’ve encountered if you’ve read other books by him. Except, that it is. Sorta. The humor’s there; the facility with language is there; the twisted, convoluted, contortionist ploting… but in this one, things happen. There are events. You know—people do things and don’t simply know them. Well, sorta. There’s action, BIG action—murder, deceit, repentant and unrepentant criminality, lying, kidnapping, seduction. But only, again, sorta.You see, Voyage along the Horizon isn’t really Voyage along the Horizon. It is, but not really. Voyage along the Horizon can’t be Voyage along the Horizon because it contains Voyage along the Horizon.The part is not the whole. The whole contains the part. The whole is not the part. It contains the part, and then some. The part is not the whole part, because we never know if we get the whole part, we only know we get the whole whole. Voyage along the Horizon includes Voyage along the Horizon rendering Voyage along the Horizon, in its entirety, well, Voyage along the Horizon. Sorta. Having cleared that up we can move on.An unnamed narrator becomes aware of a text, Voyage along the Horizon, and mysterious events surrounding several of its characters—characters who are, or were real. As he pursues more information about those characters, the fictive Voyage along the Horizon, is read to him. The narration slides into and out of the narrated text; information about the characters is conveyed inside and out of the fictive Voyage along the Horizon. And it’s all great fun.This is one of the author’s earliest texts. Some think/feel that an immaturity shows. My opinion—screw ‘em! Or, So what? Or, Are we really surprised when/if authors get better at what they do or start doing things differently? Aren’t we more disappointed when authors don’t show some sort of growth, or maturity as they publish newer, and hopefully, better novels? There’s another early and, as yet, untranslated Marías: Los Dominios del Lobo. It, along with La Asesina Ilustrada by Enrique Vila-Matas, according to Roberto Bolaño (Between Parentheses: Essays, Articles and Speeches, 1998-2003) “marks the departure point for our generation” with regard to the relationship of contemporary readers and literature. The obvious question—posed to New Directions Publishing, as all three authors are primarily published here by NDP, is: WTF? Where are they? And, How soon can you have them here, in my own grubby hands, for my own personal betterment and well-being?

  • jeremy
    2019-06-16 02:37

    begun when he was nineteen(!) and published two years later, voyage along the horizon (travesía del horizonte) was the second novel from the incomparable spanish novelist javier marías. a metafictional, seafaring homage to late nineteenth century fiction, voyage, while clearly presaging themes and elements to come in his later works, is much more than an early outing from an author developing his style. the novel is playful, humorous, and, as we've come to expect from marías, a penetrating glimpse into the psychology of the individual. although not as accomplished as the books to follow, voyage along the horizon is an imaginative, well-written work the likes of which most authors would be proud to count as their finest effort.the feeling that you have made a fool of yourself, that you have wasted an opportunity you have sought for so long, that you have acted dishonorably, forever ruined a very well laid plan, failed to rise to the occasion, lacked tact and self-control, seemed impertinent and unpleasantly obvious, lost someone's respect - in short, the feeling that you have behaved like a perfect lout, is perhaps one of the most painful and humiliating sensations a man can ever know.*translated from the spanish by kristina cordero (fuentes, volpi, et al.)

  • Tyler Jones
    2019-06-20 03:20

    We have become accustomed to the idea that a novel can not be both escapist entertainment and intellectually stimulating- Voyage Along the Horizon belongs to that delightful class of novel that manages to be both. While partly a parody of Nineteenth-century sailing adventures, it is less a mockery than an experiment in grafting the popular genre of one era with the meta-fictional sensibilities of another. Marías comments on the folly of the search for absolute truth, while at the same time delivering a story packed with ripping adventure. Perhaps only a nineteen year old writer would have the audacity to attempt something like this, (which was how old Marías was when he began writing it) but very few writers would have had such well defined skills as Marías did at that young age.The main story within the book is that of the voyage of the Tallahassee; a steamer/sail boat headed for Antarctica with both scientists and artists alike. One passenger, the English novelist Victor Arledge, is less interested in the trip than with discovering the truth about a fellow passenger, Hugh Bayham, who was once the victim of an incredible kidnapping. However Arledge's attempts to uncover the truth are constantly foiled by a series of incidents that are probably much more astounding than the story Arledge is trying to uncover.The voyage of the Tallahassee itself is but a novel with the novel (and both novels are called Voyage Along the Horizon); written by one Edward Ellis and read aloud by one Holden Branshaw (or is it Horden Bragshaw?); a novel written by Ellis in order to explain the mysterious reclusion and death of Arledge. A large portion of the book deals with a different narrative entirely, as the past of the ship's infamous captain Kerrigan is retold in all its horrific splendor- and of course the veracity of this narrative is questionable as well.One of the many games afoot is that several characters within the book (an one can assume the reader as well) are obsessed with the discovering "the truth". Arledge is obsessed with finding the truth about Bayham- and this obsession leads to his downfall. Similarly Arledge's would-be biographer (Ellis- whose name we discover only at the novels end) is similarly obsessed, and similarly doomed. I don't believe I will give away the ending by saying there is no ending to be given away. If this book teaches us any thing, it is that when the voyage is this much fun the destination hardly matters.

  • Rise
    2019-05-27 21:25

    The day that witnessed the departure of the Tallahassee—a sailboat with a metal hull, three masts, and a steam engine, classified by Lloyds Register of Shipping as a mixed vessel, property of the Cunard White Star, built by Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in the United States, purchased by Great Britain (where it was newly registered in 1896, though its original name, that of the city where it was baptized, remained the same), capable of reaching a velocity of 11.5 knots, with capacity for seventy passengers, and operating under the command of Ship's Captain Eustace Seebohm, Englishman, and First Officer J. D. Kerrigan, American—there was a great celebration at the port of Marseilles. The ship was fêted and festooned with balloons, confetti, and streamers that dappled the surrounding waters with their dazzling colors. As they boarded the vessel one by one, the passengers were cheered by the onlookers. Finally, at ten in the morning, after all the obligatory ceremonies had finally come to a close, the boat pushed away from the coast with forty-two prominent society figures, fifteen men of science, and an inevitably furious, resentful crew.—Voyage Along the Horizon by Javier Marías, translated by Kristina CorderoThis is a sophomore effort by Javier Marías, started when he was 19 years old and published two years later, in 1972. I'm still eagerly waiting for when his first book, Los dominios del lobo (1971, Domains of the Wolf), will appear in translation. That's that book, along with La asesina ilustrada (The Enlightened Assassin) by Enrique Vila-Matas, that for Roberto Bolaño, "marks a departure point for our generation." Voyage Along the Horizon is, by Marían standards, a minor novel that I'm still glad to have read. One gets to see similarities and contrasts with the novelist's late style. In this, the young novelist already displayed a tendency for playful tinkering with plot. I can see why Bolaño, fed up with the imitations of magical realist novels of Boom writers, would prefer a novel by a young Marías. The form, structure, and diction of Voyage Along the Horizon eschewed any magical and folkloric reference; it did not anchor itself on a "nationalist" literature. Instead it pays homage to the English adventure novels. Its acknowledged influences are Joseph Conrad, Henry James, and Arthur Conan Doyle.The time of the "novel" within the novel was 1904. A trip to Antarctica was organized by the charismatic and gloomy Captain Kerrigan, who invited men and women of prestige aboard the Tallahassee: writers, artists, and scientists. The idea for this kind of journey must be bold and vain at the time, but it is prophetic too. A similar trip was recently undertaken by "a mix of scientists, academics, students and journalists" to raise awareness about climate change (news link here, provided by a friend).The story of this journey is a background story that is framed by the present story where the unnamed narrator talks about a novelist named Victor Arledge who retreated from society and who died abjectly. A guest in the narrator's party mentions that he had with him a certain manuscript of a novel entrusted to him by a late friend. The novel is entitled Voyage Along the Horizon. In true Marías habit, the name of the author of this novel will be withheld until more than halfway into the book.A young woman who studied the works of Arledge is very interested in the contents of the manuscript, so she asks the literary executor (Mr. Holden Branshaw or Hordern Bragshawe, the narrator "hadn't quite caught" the name) permission to read the novel which, once published, Branshaw (or Bragshawe) strongly believes, would catapult his friend to literary limelight and would pave the way for him to be considered "one of the great novelists of his time". Later on, this assessment will change, and Branshaw (let's say) will pass a definitively harsh judgement on the novel. The winking self-reference in this book must be one of its enjoyable aspects.Instead of letting the lady borrow the novel, Mr. Branshaw invites the lady and the narrator to his house where he would read from his friend's manuscript. From this story (a novel called Voyage Along the Horizon) within a story (this novel of the same title), Marías produces other branching stories in the form of letters, confessions, and investigations. The novelist luxuriates in the same storytelling tics and antics that characterize his later books. The safekeeping of secrets, the confession of unpleasant deeds, shady or morally corrupt characters, ever so lengthy digressions—these are all here, surprisingly anticipating the elements swirling in his literary cosmogony. In addition, the scenes that parade in its pages are as unlikely as they are assembled: kidnapping, duel on a ship, smuggling on the shores of Formosa and Southeast Asia, pirate attacks, and a journey in search of a habitable island."One must learn how to cultivate the art of ambiguity", someone said in the novel. A principle that the novel seems to have taken to heart. The novel resists resolution that would tie up everything neatly together. Readers are instead treated to nontraditional murder and mystery stories, wide open to interpretation, and whose ending does not provide closure but cold comfort. For a writer who has always been concerned with the act and art of storytelling, this novel is a kind of variation of his literary maneuvers. Marías may have hardened in his dense prose style, but his uncompromising worldview as a "secret sharer" and "secret withholder" has always been intact.The book contained an appendix—an interview called "Eight Questions for Javier Marías" where he discussed the novel's style and influences, its metafictional elements and the open ending, and the quality of his fiction that predisposes it to translation.

  • Jon
    2019-06-27 20:18

    Bouyed by my reading this week of Bernhard's worthwhile, early "On the Mountain," I decided to tackle the earliest prose work available in English by another of my favorite writers. Written during the span of his 19th to his 21st year, this exciting and playful novel only occasionally reveals the immaturity that I'd like to imagine most people have at that tender age, but only occasionally. Surprisingly, despite a plot that largely falls apart, and some clumsy paragraphs that fail at elegant explication, the elaborate syntax and sly observations on the nature of fiction and storytelling--most of the ingredients, in other words, that make mature the Marías such a pleasure to read--are here intact. Didn't Bolaño speak highly of "Dominions of the Wolf"? If it's anywhere near as accomplished as this, I hope it's translated soon. Marías may not have emerged fully-formed, but there's a lot to enjoy here.

  • Nate D
    2019-06-06 22:14

    Unfulfilled adventure novel forms, historical literary format pastiche, and rumination on the mysteries that compel us to seek the truth, or keep reading. I wasn't particularly moved by it. Marías says that endpoints matter less than the voyage and atmosphere, which I would often agree with, but here the atmosphere, and particularly the characters, did not drag me along to the degree that his designs seem to require.

  • Chris Heaney
    2019-06-04 03:24

    A little Borges, a little Conrad, a little Conan Doyle swirled together to make an interesting intellectual game. The Conradesque embedded story in the middle is terrific, because it's the passage in which things really happen (or not?), but the rest just kind of taught me a lesson -- never go on an expedition to the Antarctic with a boat full of foppish artists. You'll be bored to tears or murdered by the trip's end.

  • Sol Rezza
    2019-06-09 20:25

    Me pasa siempre con los libros de Javier Marías, la historia me parece buena pero los finales siempre me parecen inconclusos, muy poco cuidados para el cuidado que llevan las historias.

  • Jim Leckband
    2019-06-02 22:27

    This is about the best book by a 21 year old that I have ever read. However it is a book by a 21 year old. Novelists are not know for being prodigies - too much life has been unlived to be great out of the gate. "Voyage Along the Horizon" is a pastiche of Henry James and Joseph Conrad with a dash of the English serialists such as Wilkie Collins. What is amazing is that Marías (and the translator) caught the prose patterns of James while writing in Spanish and then translated back into English! That being said, frequently it was painful to parse what was happening when Marías was being Jamesian.What Marías adds to the pastiche (or homage) is a postmodern sensibility. He is playing with the narrative impulse that was second nature to Conrad and the serialists (and to a much lesser extent James who sometimes didn't care much about the actual plot of the work he was writing.) The Voyage along the Horizon to Marías is the act of reading - we are always at the horizon of explication as we turn page after page. We can surmise what will happen in the remaining pages, but those pages are beyond the horizon.The "hero" of the book is a novelist that goes mad trying to figure out what happens to another character who has told a murky and incomplete tale to one of the novelist's friends (which the novelist reads in a letter - a nod to the many ways 18-19th century novelists put in letters and other narrative devices into their works.) The stories in the book are monologues, letters, confessions, and at the heart of it, a novel-within-a-novel called "Voyage Along the Horizon.". The book does have Austerity.Several real voyages do occur in the book, this is the Conradian part of the book - and these are much easier on the noggin than the James pastiches. The book is really a platypus in some ways. So someone expecting a nice resolution in the manner of Marías literary heroes, one has to realize that this is what Marías will not explicitly do - to tie up the loose ends and put the reader in the mood of "Well, that's that!" is contrary to Marías' goal. It seems to me that he wants us in the position of the novelist in the story (or, to consider more closely the position of the novelist) and have us examine the way our sails are blown by the narrative winds along a book's horizon. Is it enough for a novel - maybe yes, maybe no, but it was an interesting ride!

  • MJ
    2019-06-12 22:11

    I first discovered Javier Marías by pure accident, while I was wandering around my library in Brooklyn. The book was A Heart So White, and I absolutely fell in love with it. I've been meaning to read more from him, but didn't get a chance to until I finally picked up Voyage Along the Horizon just recently.Voyage was Marías's second novel, written when he was only twenty two years old. As such, it does read as less polished than A Heart So White, but I still really enjoyed it. It's playful, a book about a book about an author trying to learn the details about a story, a bit of a writerly experiment, if you will.The language is purposefully stilted and old fashioned. It feels like you are reading an early 1900's English mystery novel. If that's your kind of book, you should appreciate this. If it's not typically your type of book, you still can enjoy the meta whimsy.Despite the borrowed style, this book is still very much Marías. He writes looooooooooonnngggg paragraphs - blocks of text can go on for pages. It can leave you a little breathless, but it does have the effect of pulling you into the scene.One of the things I like about Marías is his clever way of inserting little observations about human behavior into seemingly unrelated text:"...Meffre and the pianist had met, but with rather unpleasant consequences, two years earlier at Baden-Baden. Their interaction had been somewhat circumstantial, and even though the slight friction that had erupted between them in Germant during a performance of Monteverdi's Ulysseys, involving some box seats and a certain young lady, was more or less ancient history by now, both men (Meffre in particular) still seemed to remain slightly, quietly hesitant about initiating any kind of direct conversation even when the occasion all but required it."More on the blog: Wandering in the Stacks

  • Sylvia
    2019-06-21 23:16

    Siempre he pensado que no hay nada mejor que hacer dos cosas a la vez. Ver la tele y tejer. Comer o beber y leer algo encantador. Pero odio no poder leer y manejar. Lo odio especialmente ahora con esta aventurosa novela de Javier Marías que se aposenta en el asiento del copiloto esperando que yo esté en un alto o en el tráfico para abrir sus páginas y leer uno a uno los libros que forman la increíble travesía por la Antártida a la que un tal John Kerrigan arrastró a un grupo de escritores.El humor, el colmillo, la brevedad poética, la certeza y las múltiples mascaradas tan conocidas en otras obras de Javier Marías están aquí en Travesía del Horizonte, ondeando como las velas de un barco.

  • Nate
    2019-06-28 02:35

    A nice charming slim novel. The best parts of it deal with mystery and the book does a fun job of setting up events only to never resolve them. It might be frustrating to some readers, but I found that technique really engaging. This is the first book I've read by Marias, and I have a feeling his other books are better; so I'm excited to explore more. Voyage might not be incredible, but you you can feel the joy of a young novelists inspiration in it (it was his second book, written at the age of 21); and for any fans of magical realism, this is a nice, though not required, read.

  • Matt
    2019-06-14 20:25

    Engaging and strange ... nested stories in this book ultimately about an ill-fated voyage of writers and scientists to Antarctica, but it's also not really about that at all (and not just because they never get beyond the Mediterranean). It's about inexplicable obsessions, and criminal histories, and a lot more.Ultimately it's also just really strange but I liked the echoes of Conrad and Borges and others.Also, exactly the kind of book I wanted to read now so that counts for something.

  • annakatrina
    2019-06-25 23:35

    normally i would have thought this book (consciously conjuring joseph conrad and henry james) was, as i'd like to say, "for boys." but if you know me, you know how much i indefatigably heart--EMEFFING HEART--javier marias. this was his second novel, written when he was 21 years old, so i will forgive him for toying with the reader so. but all in all, a wonderful read with really charming characters. i only wish i could have spent more time with them.

  • Keliani
    2019-06-27 03:20

    Es el tipo de novela que empiezas a leer y no sabes qué esperar, pero mientras más lees, más te va interesando. Amé la efusividad de Victor Arledge, su relativa consistencia, y claro, todos los detalles de los compromisos sociales de la época son muy divertidos. Me hubiera gustado que se hablara más sobre el capitán Kerrigan, de sólo imaginármelo haría toda una novela con su vida.

  • César González Gama
    2019-06-27 23:33

    Me pareció un libro bastante soso. Siento que dilapidé mi tiempo leyéndolo, prefiero leer un cuento de Julio Verne. Es el primer libro de Javier Marías que leo, y por comentarios de terceros en torno a su obra, me imagino que hay otros trabajos más rescatables.Éste libro lo escribió muy joven, así que le doy el beneficio de la duda.

  • Ginny Pennekamp
    2019-06-28 04:39

    There's not much more to say about this book than: it lulls you into awesometown. At first you're like, "What?" and then you're like, "WHAT!" And it's just dense and rich and escapist and incredible all in the best ways. One of the best presents my hubby ever got me. And himself, because he LOVES this book.

  • Jonfaith
    2019-06-10 02:38

    A slim exercise book on emulating Calvino without needing to be brazen or effective. I read this four years ago, I recall it being a gift from The Believer. I wasn't that impressed, think Cortazar's The Winners sans any charatcers or action; that experience has made me cautious about marias to this day.

  • Trin
    2019-06-02 02:20

    One of Marías’ earlier, and from the examples of his work I’ve read so far, more disjointed novels. And yet: still this is sort of irrepressibly charming. I think, like the voyage of the title, Marías’ work tends to be more about the journey and less about the destination.

  • Kim
    2019-06-15 20:32

    A book called Voyage Along the Horizon about a book called Voyage Along the Horizon. Perhaps not Marias' most sophisticated or rigorously intellectual books, but great, great fun and extremely readable. Did I mention he finished writing it when he was 21 years old?

  • Sebastián
    2019-05-31 22:24

    Poco qué decir, es un gran homenaje a las novelas de folletín y de aventuras decimonónicas, me parece que para ser la segunda novela de Marías es un buen pie para la afición a los misterios sin resolver de sus novelas posteriores.Ahora seguiré con El hombre Sentimental.

  • Susan Josephs
    2019-06-27 03:12

    Another magical realist. Fun to read this book within a book. I was awaiting his new novel, The Infatuations, that received amazing reviews in the New York Times book review and took this from the library in the meantime. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

  • Fernando
    2019-06-15 21:19

    Una narración vaga, un enigma que no es tal, sugerencias, sombras de trama, siluetas de personajes; y a pesar de la vaguedad de todo, atrapante, emocionante y con un par de escenas de gran poder. Una pequeña aventura de las mentiras donde la duda se divierte.

  • Rayroy
    2019-06-25 23:21

    You ever find yourself not being able to get into a book even if it's written well, The cover is way dope though, cuz. But I just wasn't like totally enaged among it's pages....Yawn

  • Shirley
    2019-06-19 21:24

    I loved this book.

  • Tiagonocera
    2019-06-27 00:29

    O jovem Javier Marías publica seu segundo livro, ainda tratando e desenvolvendo seus temas, idéias e estilo únicos, faz aqui uma sátira carinhosa a Conrad e CIA.

  • Britton
    2019-06-05 03:38

    one of the best reads since moving

  • Allison
    2019-06-16 03:36

    It kept me reading but I don't know why.

  • April
    2019-06-12 01:33

    couldn't get into it...

  • Jason
    2019-05-27 23:29

    This was the start of my renewed readings. I wanted to read a book by Marias, but I'm not sure why I picked this one; it's short. This was the first book I finished in a long time.