Gareth Wood

in Javier Marías's Debt to Translation

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199651337
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741180 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Modern Languages and Literature Monographs


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The introduction establishes Marías's place in Spain's contemporary literary culture, the national and international success his work has enjoyed, and his claims to the influence of Anglophone writers through his translation of them. A wider argument for the primacy of translation among Spain's modern authors is made, citing the examples of Leopoldo Alas, Benito Pérez Galdós, Emilia Pardo Bazán, Miguel de Unamuno, and Carmen Martín Gaite. The introduction then explains both the content and consequences of Marías's claims to the influence of Anglophone literary masters. His claims to their influence will be the subject of the present book and the consequences of his engagement with foreign writers are explored through a comparison of his career with that of the film director Pedro Almodóvar. Both he and the latter have found themselves rejected in their home country because of their conspicuous success in foreign cultural markets.

Keywords: Javier Marías; career overview; translation; Carmen Martín Gaite; Pedro Almodóvar

Chapter.  8200 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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