Your Face Tomorrow 3: Poison, Shadow and Farewell by Javier Marías - review by John de Falbe

John de Falbe

Secrets & Lies

Your Face Tomorrow 3: Poison, Shadow and Farewell


Chatto & Windus 544pp £18.99

This trilogy might leave some people, after just a few pages, wondering why anyone would wish to engage with such a style, or such a project – the two are inseparable – but those who have followed Your Face Tomorrow through its first two volumes will find its conclusion, Poison, Shadow and Farewell, mesmerising. They will surely feel that it has been one of the defining reading experiences of their life and look forward to starting all over again. 

It is narrated by Jack, Jacobo, Jaime or Jacques Deza, a Spaniard living in England who works for ‘an organisation with no name in a building with no name’, an offshoot of MI6 into which he was recruited by an aged Oxford don called Sir Peter Wheeler because

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