With more than 50 years dedicated to writing, Javier Marias He died today at the age of 70 from a complication of a lung condition that he suffered
The writer, one of the essential and most prestigious names in contemporary literature in Spanish, was a regular on the lists of candidates for the Nobel Prize for Literature every year and his work received various awards.
With recognitions such as the Nelly Sachs, Alessio, José Donoso, Nonino, Terenci Moix, Bottari Lattes Grinzane, City of Barcelona, Formentor and Herralde awards, he was listed as a finalist for the Médicis.
That Javier Marías has died without the Nobel Prize takes away a lot of category from the Nobel Prize. pic.twitter.com/fjfkAlHN4o
– Arturo Pérez-Reverte (@perezreverte) September 11, 2022
The Javier Marias books They not only bear witness to contemporary Spain, the author also explored his different passions, among which was his love for soccer.
Next we share The list of books whose reading will bring you closer to one of the most important authors of the 20th and 21st century Spain.
The-List of books by Javier Marías
the sentimental man
According to the author, this is a love story in which love is not seen or lived, but is announced and remembered.
The opera singer León de Nápoles tells his story that happened during a visit to Madrid to rehearse the Othello of Verdi. The characters are the mysterious and melancholic Natalia Manur and her husband, the banker Manur, and the imperturbable Mr. Dato, a companion by profession. Other secondary actors move around him: a hasty prostitute, an old glory of the operatic scene, a meticulous widower, an old love, among others.
Thanks to this novel, the writer won the Herralde Prize and the Ennio Flaiano Prize in 2000.
all the souls
This book by Javier Marías tells the story of the narrator’s years at Oxford University. At that time lived his married mistress, Clare Bayes; the friend Cromer-Blake, the retired professor Toby Rylands, the marauder Alan Marriott, and many others.
It is a world of secrets and intrigues, of ceremonious rites and crazy dinners, of hidden pasts and sickly present, where the narrator weaves his own story with that of the inhabitants of the city “preserved in syrup”, until discovering that elements as disparate as a railway bridge over a river in India or unhappy lovers will become part of your life.
Thanks to this book he won the City of Barcelona award and was a finalist for the Médicis, and made it to the big screen under the title of The Last Voyage of Robert Rylands.
The domains of the wolf
This is the first book that Javier Marías published and that came out in 1971 under the sponsorship of John Benetan author for whom the author felt veneration at 19 years of age.
It is a work that, through parody, renders a tribute to the golden years of Hollywood. It narrates a series of adventures that range from crime novels to melodrama, from police intrigue to gangster fights or exoticism and tradition.
black back of time
Javier Marias published black back of timea book in which he took his creative liberties to explore his interest in the boundaries of real life and fiction.
According to the author, it was in this work, as in The domains of the wolfwhere he felt more free and flexible, in addition to being the ones where he dared and stripped more of the “servitudes to the genre in its conventional and orthodox aspect”.
“black back of time it offers the unexpected reverse of what happens, the social substratum of the novel, the light out of time, where what has already ceased endures”, Juan Villoro wrote about this novel.
heart so white
This work heads the books by Javier Marías after the critics considered that it marks a “before and after” in the author’s life and the way he lived the books.
Even to the author the survival of this story over the years seemed almost a miracle in times like the present in which “the concept of posterity already belongs to the past”.
heart so white It was awarded prizes such as the Critics’ Prize, the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Prix l’Oeil et la Lettre.
The secret and its possible convenience, marriage, the murdersuspicion, and the hearts that little by little are dyed and know what they never wanted to know are part of the axes of this novel by the Spanish writer who died this Sunday at the age of 70.
This novel was a “before and after” in his life, as it allowed him to live on literature and rise to fame.
-With information from EFE and AFP