Iberians of the year: 2011

Javier Marías

Fame doesn’t sit easily with Spain’s most highly regarded contemporary novelist. Though Javier Marías, 60, lives in central Madrid, he has an aversion to computers and mobile phones, placing him in the old-fashioned world of many of his books. And his acidic newspaper columns show him to be deeply unhappy with the world outside his door. But 2011 has been a good year for this prolific author. He published, to great acclaim, Los enamoramientos, a novel exploring love, but also, as the author himself put it, “the inconvenience of the dead coming back to life”. Meanwhile, Penguin has announced that several of his titles will be included on its prestigious Modern Classics roster. “The legacy of Cervantes is increasingly present in Marías’s novels,” declared El Cultural magazine.

Iberosphere, December 12, 2011

[Iberosphere’s shortlist of notable people or groups that, for better or for worse, have had a significant influence in different circles of Spanish or Portuguese life over the last 12 months: Spain’s ‘indignados’, Javier Marías, María Dolores de Cospedal, Cristiano Ronaldo. Pedro Passos Coelho, The Basque radical left.]

How do you choose the Iberians of 2011?