AWARD-WINNING, BEST-SELLING BOOK: Berta Isla is a major best seller in Spain, with 115,000 copies in print. It was unanimously named the Best Book of the Year by the country’s most-read cultural supplement, and won the Premio de la Crítica, a prestigious prize given by critics for the best novel of the year. Marías received the same prize twenty-six years ago for his best-known novel, A Heart So White, and is among a small handful of writers to win twice.
SIMULTANEOUS PUBLICATION: Vintage Español’s edition will be published simultaneously with Knopf’s English edition, and the Spanish edition will benefit from the English publicity push.
AUTHOR: Hailed as the most important Spanish writer working today, Marías has won dozens of international awards and is on the yearly list of candidates for the Nobel.
U.S. PROFILE: Marías’s profile in this country continues to grow. He was honored as a NYPL Lion and his most recent novel, Thus Bad Begins, was longlisted for the Best Translated Book Award and landed on several best-of-the-year lists. The Infatuations was a national best seller, an NBCC finalist, longlisted for the PEN Translation Prize, and reviewed on the cover of The New York Times Book Review.
VINTAGE ESPAÑOL AUDIENCE: Entre eternidades, a paperback original of the author’s essays and columns from the last twenty years, published by Vintage Español in September 2018, showcases Marías’s range.
RETURNING CHARACTERS: The novel stands on its own but Marías’s longtime fans will be pleased to recognize a few characters from his Your Face Tomorrow trilogy, among his most beloved books.
International praise for Berta Isla
“A marvelous novel that reminds us why fiction, in the hands of the most experienced, continues to be the only way to fully know ourselves.”—Juan Gabriel Vásquez, El País
“A masterpiece.”—Claudio Magris, Corriere della Sera
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