Penguin Modern Classics, £9.99
A Heart So White, By Javier Marias
Boyd Tonkin is Literary Editor at The Independent. An award-winning journalist, he was formerly Social Policy Editor of the New Statesman and has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes. He has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen Prize for a lifetime's achievement in literature.
Saturday 11 August 2012
Sentence by glorious sentence, is there a better novelist alive in Europe now than Javier Marias? The Spanish master joins the Modern Classics list with four titles.
Translated by Margaret Jull Costa, this novel starts from a suicide to explore the secrets of two marriages with all the hypnotic, even sinister, beauty of his style.
All Souls, a darkly comic Oxford mystery, offers the easiest point of entry to his world, while in The Man of Feeling he dissects fatal passion and, in Tomorrow on the Battle Think on Me, the chilling grip of grief.
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