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   Javier Marías
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Biography
Javier Marías was born in Madrid in 1951 to an anti- Franco family of intellectuals. He started to write when very young and still at high school; he later graduated in English philology from Madrid’s Complutense University and when he was still only twenty he published his first novel Los dominios del lobo, followed by many other novels and collections of short stories. An author of essays as well as novels, in Written Lives Marías creates the sentimental portrait of non-Spanish authors of the past (Mann, Rilke, Tomasi di Lampedusa).
He has been a professor at Oxford University, in the United States and at Madrid’s Complutense University. His activity as a translator has also been extremely intense. Among the many authors he has translated there are Conrad, Nabokov, Heaney, Salinger, Isak Dinesen and Sterne’s Tristram Shandy, with which he won the Premio Nacional de Traducción. He has won many awards such as the 1986 Herralde de Novela Prize for A Man of Feeling; The 1989 Ciudad de Barcelona Prize for All Souls; the 1993 Premio de la Crítica for A heart so White and the Internacional Rómulo Gallegos award for Tomorrow in the Battle think of me (1994). He has also been awards many Italian Prizes, among them the Grinzane-Cavour Prize, the Mondello and the Flaiano Awards. He writes for El País and is an editorialist for its weekly magazine. With a passion for soccer and as a great supporter of Real Madrid, he dedicated the book Savages and sentimentalists to this sport. Due to a series of coincidences he is also the king of an uninhabited little island called Redonda, between Monserrat and Antigua.
 
Comments about him

"Tomorrow in the Battle think of me is perhaps the most beautiful book written by a contemporary author".
Pietro Citati

"Currently the best storyteller in Spain".
Eduardo Mendoza

"The most normal thing that can happen with Marías is that one remains glued to one’s chair strenuously defending moment for reading, without being able to provide a clear answer if someone asks what is so interesting tin the book".
Andreas Isenschmid, Die Weltwoche (Zurich)
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