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Javier Marías


Javier Marías

Javier Marías was born in Madrid in 1951. He has published 15 novels, including THE INFATUATIONS and A HEART SO WHITE, as well as three collections of short stories and several volumes of essays. His work has been translated into 44 languages, has sold more than eight and a half million copies worldwide, and has won a dazzling array of international literary awards, including the prestigious International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Prix Femina Étranger.

Javier Marías

Books by Javier Marías

by Javier Marías - Fiction

When Berta Isla was a schoolgirl, she decided she would marry Tomás Nevinson --- the dashing half-Spanish, half-English boy in her class with an extraordinary gift for languages. But when Tomás returns to Madrid from his studies at Oxford, he is a changed man. Unbeknownst to her, he has been approached by an agent from the British intelligence services, and he has unwittingly set in motion events that will derail forever the life they had planned.

by Javier Marías - Collection, Essays, Nonfiction

Javier Marías is a tireless examiner of the world around us: essayist, novelist, translator, voracious reader, enthusiastic debunker of pretension and vigorous polymath. He is able to discover what many of us fail to notice or have never put into words, and he keeps looking long after most of us have turned away. This new collection of essays journeys from the crumbling canals of Venice to the wide horizons of the Wild West, and Marías captures each new vista with razor-sharp acuity and wit. He explores subjects ranging from soccer to classic cinema, from comic books and toy soldiers to mortality and memory, from “The Most Conceited of Cities” to “Why Almost No One Can Be Trusted,” making each brilliantly and inimitably his own.

written by Javier Marías, translated by Margaret Jull Costa - Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

In Madrid, 1980, five years after dictator Francisco Franco's death, Juan de Vere takes a job assisting Eduardo Muriel, a film director in the twilight of his career. Muriel is eccentric but charming, an irresistible idol for Juan. But certain people --- and forces --- loom, among them Beatriz, Muriel's difficult wife; and Dr. Jorge Van Vechten, a mysterious figure implicated in unsavory rumors involving Muriel. As Juan digs deeper into all three of their lives, the deceptions and loyalties he begins to uncover will change the course of his young life.

by Javier Marías - Fiction, Literary Fiction, Literary Mystery, Mystery

María Dolz eats breakfast every morning in the same café as an elegant husband and wife with whom she has never spoken. She knows nothing about them, not even their names. When they fail to show up one morning, she reads in the newspaper later that day that the man has been murdered, the victim of an apparently random attack. THE INFATUATIONS is a brilliant meditation on fate and the vagaries of desire.