While the women are sleeping

Can stories written in another culture, for another cultural, resonate to readers elsewhere in the world?

This collection of ten short stories ranges from the earliest works of Javier Marias to stories that are very modern in their outlook. Each one of the stories in While the women are sleeping takes a macabre look at an incredibly wide range of subjects. From ghosts to lookalikes, Marias had me wanting more and in the end I was truly disappointed to reach the end of the collection. His work translates brilliantly to the English language and his stories are utterly relatable wherever you’re from.

This book is perfect for tube or bus journeys and so if you do invest in a copy, please try and support a local book shop by buying it there.

While the Women are Sleeping

Enjoyment rating

Rating three

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