Javier Cercas was born in 1962. He is a novelist, short-story writer and columnist, whose books include Soldiers of Salamis (which sold more than a million copies worldwide, won six literary awards in Spain and was filmed by David Trueba), The Tenant and The Motive, The Speed of Light and The Anatomy of a Moment. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages. He lives in Barcelona. ANNE MCLEAN has translated works by Hector Abad, Julio Cortazar and Enrique Vila-Matas. She has twice won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, for Soldiers of Salamis by Javier Cercas and for The Armies by Evelio Rosero, and in 2012 was awarded the Spanish Cross of the Order of Civil Merit.
There is no-one writing in English like this: engaged humanity achieving a hard-won wisdom - The TimesA remarkable act of personal history: brave, revelatory and unflinchingly honestCercas' candid wranglings with how to tell this tale, his own deep discomfort and the grave maturity with which he acknowledges he can't feel morally superior to Mena make him a wonderfully warm and wise guide through this sad, small chapter of the Spanish Civil War. - The Times