Author(s): Javier Marias
"A Heart so White" is the breathtaking international bestseller and IMPAC Award-winning masterpiece by Javier Marias, whose highly-anticipated new novel "The Infatuations" is published in 2013. This Penguin Modern Classics edition features a new Introduction by Jonathan Coe. "A Heart so White" begins as, In the middle of a family lunch Teresa, just married, goes to the bathroom, unbuttons her blouse and shoots herself in the heart. What made her kill herself immediately after her honeymoon? Years later, this mystery fascinates the young newlywed Juan, whose father was married to Teresa before he married Juan's mother. As Juan edges closer to the truth, he begins to question his own relationships, and whether he really wants to know what happened. Haunting and unsettling, "A Heart So White" is a breathtaking portrayal of two generations, two marriages, the relentless power of the past and the terrible price of knowledge.
The most subtle and gifted writer in contemporary Spanish literature Boston Globe I was enthralled Marina Warner, Guardian Marias' challenging and seductive technique reaches its pinnacle in A Heart So White The New York Times The work of a supreme stylist ... It is brilliantly done James Woodall, The Times As unique as it is brilliant... an entertaining and intelligent novel Washington Post
Javier Marias was born in Madrid in 1951. He has published ten novels, two collections of short stories and several volumes of essays. His work has been translated into thirty-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. Jonathan Coe has written many novels, including The House of Sleep, The Rotters' Club and The Rain Before It Falls. He is also the author of Like A Fiery Elephant, a critical biography of the novelist B. S. Johnson.