Few Spanish writers have published books about Great Britain because spanish weren't living abroad time enough for understanding foreign countries except South America, and a little, Germany and France in the case of emigrant workers of industry, but this late have finished thirty years ago. Until perhaps 1970, ordinary Spanish and Portuguese writers were prone to dense, mostly rural dramas if not tragedies when religious factors were very important, and strong and sperpentic passions destroyed the personages if they not take catholic confession; summing up, these works were undigestible. For that, certain renaissance of literature in spanish had to be born in South America, but nevertheless, a great proportion of Spanish- American writers uses to taste a marked pulsion towards melancholy or a lujuriant phantasy that -in spite of his quality- is alien to Spanish, that can be bitter o brigth and live but usually not have these qualities. Well, times have changed a little; Javier Marias seems to like english culture and also, personages that would have been something great in life according to standards or current criterions, but that invariably have a hidden weakness that frustrate his social or money success. "All Souls" is a lively novel about the academic world and life in Oxford, I think is realistic, and deliberately no pretends to tell deep questions, though he describes British character very finely, withouth topics, as the love affair of the spanish teacher with a married Englishwoman that is clearly superficial and mostly seems a result of the loneliness of both; but that ligthness is rare in spanish literature. This novel isn't usual as the whole works of Javier Marias and merite to be read.