Javier Marías turns 65 today

Javier Marías

Writer from Madrid, translator, editor and member of the Royal Spanish Academy occupying the armchair «R», Javier Marías turns 65 today. He was elected a member of the Royal Academy in 2006, specifically on June 29, finally taking office on April 27, 2008.

In 2012, Javier Marías He was awarded the National Prize for Spanish Narrative, an award granted by the Ministry of Culture. The author rejected such award with the following words:

«I appreciate the kindness of the jury and I hope that my position is not taken as ugly but I am being consistent with what I have always said, that I would never receive an institutional award. If the PSOE had been in power, it would have done the same ... I have rejected all remuneration that came from the public purse. I have said on many occasions that if it were granted to me, I would not be able to accept any prize ». Detail that may be more or less liked according to public opinion, it is especially noteworthy that very few authors have the same regard for Spanish public money.

Outstanding novel and essay author

Javier Marías has a very extensive literary creation, since he has written from short stories to journalistic articles. But where his work really stands out is in the genres of novels and essays.

His novels

  • "The domain of the wolf" (Edhasa, 1971)
  • "Crossing the horizon" (The Gay Science, 1973)
  • "The monarch of time" (Alfaguara, 1978)
  • "The century" (Seix Barral, 1983)
  • "The sentimental man" (Anagram, 1986)
  • "All souls" (Anagram, 1989)
  • "Heart so white" (Anagram, 1992)
  • «Tomorrow in battle think of me» (Anagram, 1994)
  • "Black back of time" (Alfaguara, 1998)
  • "Your face tomorrow" (Alfaguara, 2009), compilation of the following three works: «Fever and spear » (Alfaguara, 2002), «Dance and dream » (Alfaguara, 2004), «Poison and shadow and goodbye » (Alfaguara, 2007)
  • "The crushes" (Alfaguara, 2011)
  • "This is how the bad begins" (Alfaguara, 2014)


  • «Unique stories» (Siruela, 1989)
  • "Written lives" (Siruela, 1992)
  • "The man who seemed to want nothing" (Spain, 1996)
  • «Lookouts» (Alfaguara, 1997)
  • "Faulkner and Nabokov: Two Masters" (Depocket, 2009): «If I woke up again » by William Faulkner (Alfaguara, 1997), «Since I saw you die » by Vladimir Nabokov (Alfaguara, 1999)
  • "Wellesley's Don Quixote: Notes for a Course in 1984" (Alfaguara, 2016)

Phrases and other information about Javier Marías

If you like the literary work of the writer Javier Marías and you want to know more about both the author and his writings, you can do so here!, its official website. Next, we leave you with some of his phrases and a video where the author himself talks about the "danger of falling in love", in the presentation of his novel "The crushes" (2011). Enjoy it!

  •  "The school is a microcosm that brings together all the psychological types: the coward, the noble, the brute, the wicked ... Indispensable to get to know people."
  • "Nobody accepts because things happen sometimes without a culprit, or that there is bad luck, or that people go wrong and spoil themselves and they look for misery or ruin themselves."
  • “It has been a century since children were taught to become adults. Quite the contrary: the adults of our time are educated to remain children.
  • "In Spain, the career of a creator is the image of someone who is in the water and struggles to get out while some push him down."
  • "I have never been a monarchist, nor will I be, no doubt, but I consider that the image of the King, or this King, at least, has been enormously beneficial."

Happy Birthday!

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  1.   parakeet said

    please retire