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Javier Marías was born in Madrid in 1951. He has published thirteen novels, two collections of short stories and several volumes of essays. His work has been translated into forty-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.
Margaret Jull Costa has been a literary translator for over twenty-five years and has translated many novels and short stories by Portuguese, Spanish and Latin American writers, including Javier Marías, Fernando Pessoa, José Saramago, Bernardo Atxaga and Ramón del Valle-Inclán. She has won various prizes for her work, including, in 2008, the PEN Book-of-the-Month Translation Award and the Oxford Weidenfeld Translation Prize for her version of Eça de Queiroz's masterpiece The Maias, and, most recently, the 2011 Oxford Weidenfeld Translation Prize for The Elephant's Journey by José Saramago.
Javier Marias is a marvellous Spanish writer. Extremely good quality standard. He has been associated in the same league as Seabold.Published 22 days ago by jacqueline ann swannell
The mix of ratings for this glorious novel are extraordinary. In my personal view, Marias is the best writer by far in Europe today, But...... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Erlen Haus
When I started this book I found that I kept having to reread what I’d just read. I then noticed that a sentence went on for sixteen lines. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Damo Green
An intelectual and well written book. VERY long sentences and not sure about some words used for translation. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amanda Dean
This book is not just another novel it's outstanding. Javier Marias shows a lot of skill and intellect. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Angela Thomson
Javier Marías is a profoundly unique writer. Despite this he is frequently and deliberately derivative. His literature is a synthesis of Literature as a whole. Read morePublished 8 months ago by A. Evans
A very clever writer if you like literature with a capital L thenyou would enjoy it .basically a murder plot a crime of passion and a love story but with a plot so different... Read morePublished 9 months ago by elizabeth leedham
I very rarely give up on books but I could not get past page 52 of this tedious, irritating missive.Published 10 months ago by jane