Javier Marias on possibilities and ideas

“What happened is the least of it. It’s a novel, and once you’ve finished a novel, what happened in it is of little importance and soon forgotten. What matters are the possibilities and ideas that the novel’s imaginary plot communicates to us and infuses us with, a plot that we recall far more vividly than real events and to which we pay far more attention.”
Javier Marias in “The Infatuations”, a mesmerizing novel about an editor at a publishing house who is drawn in to the murder of a casual acquaintance

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