Javier Marías is the author of 15 novels and three collections of short stories. His work has been translated into 46 languages. “Berta Isla” was first published in Spain in 2017 and in Britain last year in Margaret Jull Costa’s provocative translation.

This new novel, set between Oxford and Madrid from 1969-1990, at first seems to be a thriller along the lines of the best of John le Carré. Meticulously dissecting both sides of a marriage, however, it turns into something much more.

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