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Javier Marias
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Berta Isla

Javier Marias


9780241343722

HAMISH HAMILTON


Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945);
Espionage & spy thriller;
Fiction in translation


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352 pages

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'For a while, she wasn't sure that her husband was her husband. Sometimes she thought he was, and sometimes not.'

Berta and Tomas meet in Madrid and, though both young, they decide to spend their lives together. Eighteen and betrothed, Tomas leaves to study at Oxford. His talent for languages quickly catches the interest of a certain government agency, but Tomas resists their offers - until one day he makes a mistake that will affect the rest of his life, and that of his beloved Berta. After university he returns to marry her, knowing he won't be able to stay for long...

Gripping and intricate, Berta Isla is about a relationship built on secrets and lies - and the equal forces of resentment and loyalty at its core.

By:   Javier Marias
Imprint:   HAMISH HAMILTON
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   600g
ISBN:   9780241343722
ISBN 10:   0241343720
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   October 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Javier Marias is the author of sixteen works in Spanish, which have been translated into forty-two languages including English. His translated English works are All Souls, A Heart So White, Tomorrow in the Battle Think on Me, When I Was Mortal, Dark Back of Time, The Man of Feeling, Voyage Along the Horizon, Written Lives, the Your Face Tomorrow trilogy (Fever and Spear, Dance and Dream and Poison, Shadow and Farewell), Bad Nature, While the Women Are Sleeping, The Infatuations, Thus Bad Begins and, Venice, An Interior. Javier Marias has received numerous literary prizes including the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Prix Formentor. He lives and works as a translator and columnist in Madrid.


elegant, discursive, persuasively vivid novel...powerful and indelible * The National * A twisty, thought-provoking tale that puts notions of truth and morality under pitiless scrutiny * The Guardian * Compelling * Tatler * Magical...finest novel to date * Alex Clark * Marias weaves a thrilling and desolate meditation on the psychic costs of the deep state's dark arts. * 1843 Magazine *

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