Javier Cercas

A Spanish writer born in 1962 in Caceres, Spain, Cercas worked for two years at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and, since 1989, has been professor of Spanish literature at Spain’s University of Gerona.

He is one of a group of well-known Spanish novelists, which includes Julio Llamazares, Andrés Trapiello, and Jesus Ferrero, who have published fiction in the vein of "historical memory", focusing on the Spanish Civil War and the Francoist State.[3]

Soldiers of Salamis (translated by Anne McLean) won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2004,[4] and McLean's translations of his novels The Speed of Light and Outlaws were shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award in 2008 and 2016 respectively.




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