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Spanish Bestsellers

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Spanish bestsellers for your holiday leisure

Javier Marías started to write when he was 14.  After graduating from university he focused on translations from English into Spanish.  His work was officially recognized in 1979, when he won the Spanish national award for translation for his version of Sterne's Tristram Shandy.  His 1992 novel Corazón tan blanco was a great success. Translated into English as A Heart So White, he got  International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.   His novel, Mañana en la batalla piensa en mí, won the Venezuelan Rómulo Gallegos Prize.  In 2013, Marías was awarded the prestigious Prix Formentor an international literary award. The same award was given to Juan Goytisolo in 2012 and Carlos Fuentes in 2011.  The jury expressed "admiration for the strength, example and independent judgement of a writer whose literary work belongs to the great narrative tradition of the Spanish language.”  His most recent novel, Los enamoramientos,  has sold more than 160,000 copies in Spain and was awarded the national narrative award.  For English speakers we have its translation The Infatuations.

Rafael Chirbes, one of the most remarkable authors in the Spanish scene, has recently been awarded Spain’s National Critic’s Prize for his novel Crematorio.

Roberto Bolaño, a Chilean, is one of the most popular authors in Spain.  As a poet, he founded the Infrarealist movement with Mario Santiago.  In 1999 he won the Rómulo Gallegos Prize, previously awarded to Gabriel García Márquez and Mario Vargas Llosa, for his novel Los detectives salvajes (The Savage Detectives),  for which he also received the prestigious Herralde Prize.  Bolaño died in 2003.

book cover imageMaría Dueñas is a professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Murcia. Her first novel, The Time in Between, a historical espionage was a great success in 2009.  In 2012 she published her second book Misión Olvido which reached its fifth edition on January 25, 2013 with over half a million copies sold and was awarded the Culture Award for Literature by the Region of Madrid. The Time in Between -English translation of the novel El tiempo entre costuras in which a Madrid seamstress is drawn into international espionage, was a New York Times bestseller.


book cover imageJulia Navarro is a Spanish journalist and a bestselling author of books on current political affairs.  Her books, The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud, The Bible of Clay and The Blood of the Innocent,  were all a success among the public and critics,  as they attained the first bestseller rankings in Spain and abroad. These three titles have currently sold more than three million copies and have been published in thirty countries In the last years.  As a result, Julia has received many important recognitions: “Qué Leer” Award for the best Spanish novel in 2004, VIII “Crisol” Readers Award, Cartagena City Award 2004, “Silver Pen” Award at the Bilbao Book Fair 2005, “Protagonists” Literature Award and “More than Music” Books Award in 2006.