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Berta Isla

by Javier Marias

Hardback (unsigned) £18.99
Published 4th October 2018, 544 pages
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‘The most subtle and gifted writer in contemporary Spanish literature’ Boston Globe

‘Marias has discovered a unique form’ Adam Thirlwell, TLS

‘No one else, anywhere, is writing quite like this’ Daily Telegraph

A thrilling new literary offering from the acclaimed author of The Infatuations
and A Heart So White

‘For a while, she wasn’t sure that her husband was her husband. Sometimes she thought he was, and sometimes not…’

Berta Isla and Tomas Nevinson meet in Madrid. Young and in love, they quickly decide to spend their lives together - never suspecting that they will grow to be total strangers, both living under the shadow of disappearances.

Tomas, half-Spanish and half-English, has an extraordinary gift for languages and accents. Leaving Berta to study at Oxford, he catches the interest of a certain government agency, and its mysterious agent, Bertram Tupra. Tomas is determined to evade the agent’s attentions but his fate is sealed by a series of escalating events that will affect the rest of his life - and that of his beloved Berta. Finishing his time at Oxford, he returns to Madrid to marry her, already knowing that the life they planned has been lost forever.

Darkly gripping, Berta Isla examines a relationship condemned to secrecy and concealment, to pretence and conjecture, to resentment mingled with loyalty. With meticulous insight and understanding of the human soul, Marias examines the urge to change our destiny, and the hopeless exile we bring upon ourselves.

Details

Berta Isla
by Javier Marias

ISBN
9780241343715

Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd

Binding
Hardback

Publication date
Oct. 4, 2018

Dimensions
24.0cm x 16.2cm x 3.7cm

Page count
544 pages