Javier Cercas

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Javier Cercas (born 1962) is a writer and, since 1989, a Professor of Spanish literature at the University of Girona, Spain. He is a frequent contributor to the Catalan edition of El País and the Sunday supplement. He worked for two years at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States.

He is one of a group of well-known Spanish novelists - which includes Julio Llamazares, Andrés Trapiello, Jesus Ferrero - who have published fiction in the vein of "historical memory", focusing on the Spanish Civil War and the Franco dictatorship.[1]

He was born in Ibahernando, Cáceres, Spain.


  • El móvil (1987)
  • El inquilino (The Tenant and the Motive) (1989, English translation, 2005)
  • La obra literaria de Gonzalo Suárez (1994)
  • El vientre de la ballena (1997)
  • Una buena temporada (1998)
  • Relatos reales (2000)
  • Soldados de Salamina (Soldiers of Salamis) (2001, English translation, 2004) – Story of an incident during the Spanish Civil War
  • La velocidad de la luz (The Speed of Light) (2005, English translation, 2006) – Story of a friendship with a Vietnam War veteran
  • Anatomía de un instante (The Anatomy of a Moment) (2009, English translation, 2011) – Non-fiction work about the failed "23-F" coup d'état in Spain on 23 February 1981
  • Las leyes de la frontera (2012)


  1. ^ Gina Herrmann, Mass Graves on Spanish TV, essay in Unearthing Franco's Legacy, p.172, 2010

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