Javier Marías





Javier Marías


Born
in Madrid, Spain
September 20, 1951

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Javier Marías was born in Madrid. His father was the philosopher Julián Marías, who was briefly imprisoned and then banned from teaching for opposing Franco. Parts of his childhood were spent in the United States, where his father taught at various institutions, including Yale University and Wellesley College. His mother died when Javier was 26 years old. He was educated at the Colegio Estudio in Madrid.

Marías began writing in earnest at an early age. "The Life and Death of Marcelino Iturriaga", one of the short stories in While the Women are Sleeping (2010), was written when he was just 14. He wrote his first novel, Los dominios del lobo (The Dominions of the Wolf), at age 17, after running away to Paris.

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JAVIER MARIAS

P. Usted ha escrito mucho sobre otros escritores.
¿Quién le gustaría que ganara el Premio Nobel?
R. Creo que Javier Marías debe ser un firme candidato.

J M COETZEE: “Las corridas de toros son solo una matanza ritualizada”
JAVIER RODRÍGUEZ MARCOS
EL País, 26 de junio de 2016

Brexit entre costuras
JUAN PALOMO
EL Cultural, 24 de junio de 2016


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“Life is a very bad novelist. It is chaotic and ludicrous.”
Javier Marías

“People only get married when they've no other option, out of panic or desperation or so as not to lose someone they couldn't bear to lose. It's always the most conventional things that contain the largest measure of madness.”
Javier Marías

“It's always the chest of the other person we lean back against for support, we only really feel supported or backed up when, as the latter verb itself indicates, there's someone behind us, someone we perhaps cannot even see and who covers our back with their chest, so close it almost brushes our back and in the end always does, and at times, that someone places a hand on our shoulder, a hand to calm us and also to hold us. That's how most married people and most couples sleep or think they sleep, the two turn to the same side when they say goodnight, so that one has his or her back to the other throughout the whole night, when he or she wakes up startled from a nightmare, or is unable to get to sleep, or is suffering from a fever or feels alone and abandoned in the darkness, they have only to turn round and see before them the face of the person protecting them, the person who will let themselves be kissed on any part of the face that is kissable (nose, eyes and mouth; chin, forehead and cheeks, the whole face) or perhaps, half-asleep, will place a hand on their shoulder to calm them, or to hold them, or even to cling to them.”
Javier Marías, A Heart So White

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