Javier Cercas

Translated from the Spanish by Frank Wynne

Hardback - 210x138 - 432p - £20.00 - 02/11/2017 - 9780857056504


A true story that is packed with fiction - fiction created by its main character, Enric Marco

But who is Enric Marco? A veteran of the Spanish Civil War, a fighter against fascism, an impassioned campaigner for justice, and a survivor of the Nazi death camps? Or, is he simply an old man with delusions of grandeur, a charlatan who fabricated his heroic war record, who was never a prisoner in the Third Reich and never opposed Franco, but a charming, beguiling and compulsive liar who refashioned himself as a defender of liberty and who was unmasked in 2005 at the height of his influence and renown?

In this extraordinary novel – part narrative, part history, part essay, part biography, part autobiography – Javier Cercas unravels the enigma of the man and delves with passion and honesty into the most ambiguous aspects of what makes us human – our infinite capacity for self-deception, our need for conformity, our thirst for affection and our conflicting needs for fiction and for truth.


"Without doubt, his best novel" J.M. POUZEL YVANCOS, A.B.C.

"Swift and captivating prose, yet calibrated to the millimetre and as obsessively rhythmical as Ravel's 'Bolero'" JOSE-CARLO MAINER, El País



Elise Williams