A Heart So White

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A Heart So White
Front cover of A Heart So White by Javier Marías.jpg
1st edition front cover
AuthorJavier Marías
Original titleCorazón tan blanco
TranslatorMargaret Jull Costa
PublisherEditorial Anagrama S.A., Barcelona
Publication date
Published in English
1995 (The Harvill Press)
Media typePrint

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.[1]


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[citation needed] and "a landmark by a genuine artist" by Le Monde[citation needed], A Heart So White won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award[citation needed] and was rated by El Pais as "his best and most ambitious novel.[citation needed]"


  • Marías, Javier, intr. Jonathan Coe, A Heart So White, London: Penguin Classics. ISBN 978-0-141-19996-2
  1. ^ Marías (2012)

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Preceded by
Remembering Babylon
International Dublin Literary Award recipient
Succeeded by
The Land of Green Plums