MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE NOMINEE: The Impostor was longlisted for the 2018 prize.
AUTHOR: Cercas’s breakout novel, Soldiers of Salamis, has sold more than a million copies worldwide, and all of his books have been critically acclaimed. The Anatomy of a Moment was a New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, and The Economist best book of the year and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
PRAISE: The New York Times raves that The Impostor “vibrates with an insomniac energy,” The Wall Street Journal calls it a “luminous book,” and The Times (London) declares it “fascinating, highly charged, scalpel-sharp.” NYT critic Parul Sehgal named it one of the best books of the year.
AWARD-WINNING: The book has already won the European Book Prize (whose jury was headed by film director Oliver Stone) and the English PEN Award.
ILLUSTRATED. The text is interspersed with images and documents from Cercas’s investigation into Marco’s story.
TIMELY: The story of a compulsive liar who may or may not be aware of his untruths, The Impostor is a fascinating excavation of the way we all novelize our lives. It is important reading for the era of “alternative facts.”
“Magnificent…. [A] luminous book.”—The Wall Street Journal
“[The Impostor] vibrates with an insomniac energy. I did, too, while in its throes. There’s no looking away from it; it has the hot, charged energy of sitting through a trial…. The brilliance of The Impostor is how Cercas connects Marco’s desire for reinvention with Spain’s national project of burying its history as it transitioned from dictatorship to democracy.”—Parul Sehgal, The New York Times
“Fascinating, highly charged, scalpel-sharp.”—The Times (London)
“A humane, artistically responsible and civilised book, one that you finish feeling heartened that such a serious-minded writer as Cercas is at work.”—The Sunday Times
“Besides being a piece of nifty journalistic detective work, Cercas’ book is an insightful psychological study…Both convincing and compelling.”—The Spectator
“An awful lot here resonates—not just the buzzy issues of myth-making that dominate much of contemporary politics, but more enduring questions about the nature of truth and storytelling.”—Daily Mail
“Incandescent…Cercas’ book is a subtle essay on the nature of fiction and how it can infiltrate life and upset it…. Fiction has replaced reality in the world we live in, and average characters from the real world don’t interest us. Fabricators do.”—El País
“Acclaimed Spanish novelist Cercas looks deeply at the curious case of a man who wasn’t there…A charged examination of a surpassingly strange matter and of the masks and fictions we construct.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Mesmerizing…Shines a light not only on the methods of the deceiver but the willingness of the deceived to accept such falsehoods.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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