Javier Marías (f.1951) is an award-winning author, translated into 42 languages and published in 55 countries. His books have sold over 8 millions, and he is frequently mentioned as a candidate for the Nobel Prize in literature. Marías is also known throughout Spain for its regular commentary column in the major newspaper El País. And yet he is not mentioned much here in the country. Four titles have so far been published in Norwegian: The cowardly heart, Tomorrow during the battle think of me, love affairs and the card novel Evil nature, or with Elvis in Mexico. For those of us who don't read Spanish, almost all of his novels are in English, and last year's release Thus Bad Begins (Así empieza lo malo) has its title from Hamlet, where Prince Hamlet himself says somewhere: "Thus bad begins and worse remains behind." It's not the first time María's retrieves a romantic title from Shakespeare; The cowardly heart er fra Macbeth og Tomorrow during the battle think. . .
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