A Heart So White
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1st edition front cover
|Original title||Corazón tan blanco|
|Translator||Margaret Jull Costa|
|Publisher||Editorial Anagrama S.A., Barcelona|
Published in English
|1995 (The Harvill Press)|
A Heart So White by Javier Marías was first published in Spain in 1992 (original title Corazón tan blanco.) Margaret Jull Costa's English translation was first published by The Harvill Press in 1995. The book received the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 1997. An edition was published by Penguin Books in 2012, with an introduction by Jonathan Coe.
The narrator, Juan, seeks to use his newly-wed wife, Luisa, to uncover the murky past of his father's previous marriages which include (aside from Juan's mother) two other women. The first of these women is unnamed and kept secret from Juan, while the second was the older sister of Juan's mother.
Called "dazzling" by The Times Literary Supplement and "a landmark by a genuine artist" by Le Monde, A Heart So White won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was rated by El Pais as "his best and most ambitious novel."
- Marías, Javier, intr. Jonathan Coe, A Heart So White, London: Penguin Classics. ISBN 978-0-141-19996-2
- Marías (2012)
- "Stranger Than Fiction," by Wendy Lesser, New York Times, May 6, 2001.
- A Heart So White reviewed by Ben Donnelly, Review of Contemporary Fiction, Spring 2001.
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