While everyone's busy making a fuss about figments of the media imagination named "Stephen Glass" and "Jayson Blair," a true genius of literary subterfuge sends another book into the world unnoticed. Javier Marías is one of Spain's most brilliant contemporary novelists, the author of 23 books, many of which have won prestigious awards and sold staggeringly well in the rest of the world. Reviewers compare him to Proust and James, though you could replace those names with Sebald or Borges—and even that would be desperate critical shorthand for a writer whose sprawling intelligence and circular, tricksterish prose... More >>>