Javier Marías was born in Madrid in 1951. He has published ten novels, two collections of short stories and several volumes of essays. His work has been translated into thirty-two languages and won a dazzling array of international literary awards, including the prestigious Dublin IMPAC award for A Heart So White. He is also a highly practised translator into Spanish of English authors, including Joseph Conrad, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Thomas Browne and Laurence Sterne. He has held academic posts in Spain, the United States and in Britain, as Lecturer in Spanish Literature at Oxford University.
John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. His novels include The Book of Evidence, The Sea, which won the 2005 Man Booker Prize, and The Infinities. He was awarded the Franz Kafka Prize in 2011 and he lives in Dublin.
Excellent example of Marias's work and what a send-up of Oxford dons' lives. How they must have hated Marias for spending a year or two amongst them as an honorary college member... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Erlen Haus
I bought this because I used to live in Oxford, which is not a good reason to buy a book. Couldn't identify with the characters, but enjoyed the observations about lecturing, made... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have studied briefly in oxford and like Marias, I was an outsider so I enjoyed all the tongue in cheek observations about Oxford people and the lack of moral tone in his affairs. Read morePublished 19 months ago by smits
So disappointed with this book after reading the shorts stories in When I was Mortal, which were all very good with clean crisp writing that flowed enjoyably. Read morePublished on 27 April 2013 by PJG
Javier Marias' style of writing is not to everyone's taste, but take it at the leisurely pace that it demands, and you will find it a rewarding, and wonderfully-written, work.Published on 23 April 2013 by Tartanreader
Hated it. Not a patch on David Lodge, J.I.M. Stewart/Michael Innes etc. I can't agree with The Times Literary Supplement 's assessment "A dazzling example of the Oxford... Read morePublished on 14 April 2013 by AUK
I loved this novel. It might not be to everyone's taste as it deals with the mysteries and vagaries of memory and there is little in the sense of a plot driving the novel on. Read morePublished on 4 April 2013 by John Raisbeck