Javier Marías has been awarded – and has subsequently rejected - Spain’s national narrative prize for his novel, Los enamoramientos (The Infatuations). Marías has stated for decades that awards given by governments, especially by his in Spain, come with a level of politics and tainting he cannot stomach, and also objects to prizes where the money is taken from taxes or fees imposed by governments on the people. On a more personal level, the Spaniard relates that many of his literary heroes and masters, including his father, were ignored for the prize for less worthy recipients, noting that “if they weren’t given it, why should I be given it.”
19 October 2012
14 October 2012
The BBC World Service's 'World Book Club' recently selected Marías's "A Heart So White" as the book of the month. Here is a link to the interview wherein the author answers questions from a world-wide audience:
10 October 2012
Javier Marías should win the Nobel Prize in Literature.
I’m just not sure it will happen this year.
Now that betting agencies have increased wagering on one of the most prestigious prizes in the world, I thought it time to attempt my own prognostications. Let me put aside my personal favorite and make a prediction (probably a wrong one):
Either Chinua Achebe or Salman Rushdie will be the surprise winner announced in 15 hours out of Stockholm. You heard it here first.
02 October 2012
Another month, another 10 books. Here they are:
Selected Prose by Fernando Pessoa
The Book of Embraces by Eduardo Galeano
Renaissance Lives by Theodore Rabb
The Insufferable Gaucho by Roberto Bolaño
Last Evenings on Earth by Roberto Bolaño
The Voyage to the Island of the Articoles by Andre Maurois
The Horses of St Marks by Charles Freeman
Asleep in the Sun by Adolfo Bioy Casares
The Ball by John Fox
The Cardboard House by Martín Adán