Javier Marías is an award-winning Spanish novelist. He is also a translator and columnist, as well as the current King of Redonda. He was born in Madrid in 1951, and published his first novel at the age of nineteen. He has held academic posts in Spain, the United States (he was a visiting professor at Wellesley College), and the United Kingdom, as a lecturer in Spanish Literature at Oxford University. He has been translated into 34 languages, and more than six million copies of his books have been sold worldwide. In 1997 he won the Nelly Sachs Prize and the International Dublin IMPAC Literary Award; the Comunidad de Madrid Prize in 1998; and in 2000, the Grinzane Cavour Prize and the Alberto Moravia International Prize,. He also won the Luis de León Award in Translation Spanish National Translation Award in 1979 for his translation of Tristram Shandy. He was a professor at Oxford, and the Complutense University of Madrid. He currently lives in Madrid.
"The truth never shines forth, as the saying goes, because the only truth is that which is known to no one and which remains untransmitted, that which is not translated into words or images, that which remains concealed and unverified, which is perhaps why we do recount so much or even everything, to make sure that nothing has ever really happened, not once it's been told."