• Melchior, un policier au nom de roi mage, ex-repris de justice et fils d'une prostituée, qui a fait des Misérables de Victor Hugo son vade-mecum vital, mène l'enquête sur les terres de l'Ebre, à l'extrême sud de la Catalogne. Mais ici plus qu'ailleurs "tôt ou tard, tout s'explique par la guerre" et il devra faire sien le dilemme de Jean Valjean : "Rester dans le paradis, et y devenir démon, rentrer dans l'enfer, et y devenir ange !".

  • Le Monarque des ombres retrace le parcours d'un jeune homme qui a lutté pour une cause moralement indéfendable et est mort du mauvais côté de l'histoire, victime d'une idéologie toxique. Ce jeune soldat, qui répondait au nom de Manuel Mena, n'est autre que le grand-oncle de Javier Cercas, tombé en 1938 au cours de la bataille de l'Èbre, déterminante pour l'armée franquiste. C'est dire s'il est l'incarnation du tabou familial, celui qui est probablement à l'origine de tous les romans de Cercas ; à commencer par Les Soldats de Salamine.

  • En juin 2005, l'histoire d'un paisible nonagénaire barcelonais fait le tour du monde : Enric Marco,  le charismatique président de l'Amicale de Mauthausen, qui pendant des décennies a porté la parole des survivants espagnols de l'Holocauste, n'a jamais connu les camps nazis. Et l'Espagne d'affronter sa plus grande imposture, et Javier Cercas sa plus audacieuse création littéraire. Avec une mise en garde à ne pas négliger : « La littérature n'est pas un passe-temps inoffensif mais un danger public. »

  • Témoignage-fiction sur un mystérieux soldat des troupes républicaines espagnoles qui sauva la vie d'un des fondateurs de la phalange. Un livre événement, traduit dans une vingtaine de pays.

  • Le roman de la transition espagnole et de ses frontières sociales et morales poreuses. L'histoire ambiguë d'un petit caïd de Gérone pour démystifier le romantisme de la délinquance et de sa soif de liberté, la démocratie espagnole et son miroir aux alouettes, les affres de l'adolescence.

  • "Tout le monde à terre" : Madrid, 23 février 1981, 18 H 21. C'est sûrement la prise d'otage la plus spectaculaire qui soit : celle de tout un parlement. Près de 400 députés plongent sous les fauteuils molletonnés de l'hémicycle, et trois hommes, debout, affrontent leur destin. Cercas établit, en chroniqueur, le triomphe de la démocratie mais surtout, en romancier, que la cause embrassée compte toujours moins que l'honneur mis à la défendre.

  • Un vétéran du Vietnam brisé par le poids de la faute attire dans son champ magnétique un auteur dangereusement ébranlé par le succès des Soldats de Salamine.

  • Comment la passion littéraire d'un conseiller juridique dévoré par l'ambition de commettre une grande oeuvre le pousse à manipuler de modestes voisins qui en viennent à incarner les protagonistes d'un crime. Quelle est la valeur de la vie à l'aune de la littérature ? Javier Cercas a 25 ans quand il écrit Le Mobile et tout, ou presque, est déjà là !

  • Ce recueil rassemble les conférences données par l'auteur à l'université d'Oxford. Sur les questions sans réponses, les énigmes insolubles et les ambigüités nécessaires qui font l'essence du roman et placent le lecteur en son centre : le point aveugle.

  • D'étranges coïncidences transforment bientôt en cauchemar la paisible existence d'un professeur de phonologie.

  • The Tenant and The Motive are two darkly humorous novellas from the award-winning author of Soldiers of Salamis. The Tenant is the mischievous story of Mario Rota, a linguistics professor whose life starts to unravel after he twists his ankle while out jogging one day. A rival professor appears, takes over his classes and bewitches his girlfriend. Where will Rota's nightmare end - and where did it begin? The Motive is a satire about a writer, Á?lvaro, who becomes obsessed with finding the ideal inspiration for his novel. First he begins spying on his neighbours, then he starts leading them on, creating a reversal of the maxim that art follows life - with some dire consequences. Written with a supremely light touch, these witty novellas are enjoyable masterpieces that linger long in the memory.

  • Translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean
    The new novel by the bestselling author of Soldiers of Salamis (1 million copies worldwide) has sold more than 160,000 copies in hardback in Spain since publication in 2009.

  • Anglais Outlaws

    Javier Cercas

    In the late 1970s, as Spain was adrift between the death of Franco and the rebirth of democracy, people were moving from the poor south to the cities of the north in search of a better life. But the work, when there was any, was poorly paid and the housing squalid. Out of this world of limited opportunities a generation of delinquents arose whose prospects were stifled and whose rebellion would be brief and violent?
    One summer's day in Gerona a bespectacled, sixteen-year-old Ignacio Caïas, known to his few friends as Gafitas, is working in an amusement arcade, when a charismatic teenager walks in with the most beautiful girl Caïas has ever seen. Zarco and Tere take over his pinball machine and his life. Thirty years on and now a successful criminal defence lawyer, Caïas has tried to put that long, hot summer of drugs, yearning and delinquency behind him. But when Tere appears in his office and asks him to represent El Zarco, who has been in prison all this time, what else can Gafitas do but accept.
    A powerful novel of love and hate, of loyalty and betrayal, of true integrity and the prison celebrity can become, Outlaws confirms Javier Cercas as one of the most thrilling novelists writing anywhere in the world today.

  • @2@Who is Enric Marco? An old man from Barcelona who claims to be a Nazi concentration camp survivor and rises to be president of Spain's leading Holocaust survivor movement, the Friends of Mauthausen. By the time he is unmasked in Austria in 2005 on the eve of the seventieth anniversary of the liberation of the camp, he has become a civic hero, speaking at hundreds of conferences, granting dozens of interviews, receiving state honours, publishing a successful memoir and even moving Spanish congressmen to tears at a memorial homage to Republicans deported by the Third Reich. The case shocked the world, and Enric Marco was labelled a great imposter to which he responded: "I am an impostor, but not a fraud."@3@@2@A decade later, Javier Cercas addresses the enigma of the man, his truths and lies, and, through an investigation that unravels Spain's history in the twentieth century, delves with passion and unflinching honesty into that deepest part of human nature - our infinite capacity for self-deception, our need for conformity, our lies, our insatiable thirst for affection and our opposing needs for fiction and reality.@3@@2@@18@The Impostor@19@ is an extraordinary novel that not only tells Marco's self-deluding story, but also challenges the reader to consider how truthful any of us is in the way we present ourselves in daily life. Are we not all, asks Cercas, the novelists of our own lives?@3@@2@@20@Translated from the Spanish by Frank Wynne@21@@3@

  • Javier Cercas is one of the most enjoyable and innovative novelists at work today. Well known among English-language readers as the author of Soldiers of Salamis (winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize), The Anatomy of a Moment and The Impostor, Cercas is also Professor of Spanish Literature at the University of Girona. In 2015, following in the footsteps of George Steiner, Mario Vargas Llosa and Umberto Eco, as Weidenfeld Visiting Professor in Comparative European Literature at St Anne's College, Oxford, Cercas gave a series of five lectures on the novel today, which have since been revised and are now published in English for the first time as The Blind Spot.Starting with Don Quixote and his own experience as a writer, Cercas launches out into a consideration of the most challenging fiction of the last hundred years, from Kafka, Borges, Perec, Calvino and Kundera, to Sebald, Coetzee, Barnes, Foster Wallace and Knausgard. First, he defines and celebrates certain aspects of the novel in the twenty-first century which are also features of Cervantes' masterpiece: its essential irony and ambiguity, its total commitment to innovation, its natural, joyful and omnivorous desire to cram the whole world within its pages, and its intricate concern with fiction and reality. Then he moves on to consider the actual meaning of the novel, the uncertain and discredited role of the writer as intellectual, and the role of the reader in the creation of a form whose aim is to tell the truth by telling lies.The result is a dazzling short book which provides a new interpretation of novel from Cervantes and Melville to the present, and which will be as stimulating for readers and writers of literature in the twenty-first century as E. M. Forster's Aspects of the Novel or Milan Kundera's The Art of the Novel were in the last.

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