Marias el pais

El país semanal

Marías estudió Filosofía y Letras en la Universidad Complutense de Madrid antes de ejercer la docencia en varias universidades, entre ellas su alma mater, las de Oxford y Venecia, y el Wellesley College de Massachusetts[4] En 1997 recibió el título de Rey del Reino de Redonda de manos de su antecesor Jon Wynne-Tyson por su conocimiento del reino y por mencionar la historia de uno de sus anteriores reyes, John Gawsworth, en su novela Todas las almas (1989).

Marías comenzó a escribir en serio a una edad temprana. «Vida y muerte de Marcelino Iturriaga», uno de los relatos de Mientras las mujeres duermen (2010), fue escrito cuando sólo tenía 14 años[8]. Escribió su primera novela, Los dominios del lobo, a los 17 años, tras huir a París. Su segunda novela, Travesía del horizonte, era una historia de aventuras sobre una expedición a la Antártida.

Tras estudiar en la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Marías se dedicó a traducir novelas inglesas al español. Sus traducciones incluyen obras de Updike, Hardy, Conrad, Nabokov, Faulkner, Kipling, James, Stevenson, Browne y Shakespeare. En 1979 ganó el premio nacional de traducción por su versión de Tristram Shandy de Sterne. Entre 1983 y 1985 fue profesor de literatura española y traducción en la Universidad de Oxford[9].

El país tribune

We were waiting with interest and concern for what we thought was going to be the third and definitive article by Javier Marías in the weekly supplement of the newspaper El País, where a little more than 15 days ago he started a series on the left-wing and democratic imposture of the Government of Pedro Sánchez (whom the columnist and writer has not quoted), under the title ‘Profundamente de derechas, y muy de derechas I y ‘Profundamente de derechas, y muy de derechas II’ (Deeply right-wing, and very right-wing I and ‘Deeply right-wing, and very right-wing II’).

This invited to think that last Sunday there would be a third article entitled ‘Deeply right-wing, and very right-wing and III’. An article in which the name of Pedro Sánchez would finally appear and the reason or the cause of his left-wing and democratic imposture, which is none other than his sole and personal ambition for power.

I know that to many readers I seem to be a curmudgeon, and I will not defend myself from that. But I also know that I «console» or «comfort» others with my words, and that they are grateful to see in print what they think and -they tell me- do not dare to express even among their friends, for fear of being rejected if they do so. That is what we have come to, yes: the most serious thing that can happen to a free and democratic society, because it is something typical of dictatorships: to be afraid to speak out loud’.

Poor tourists and poor history

Writer and columnist Javier Marías has harshly criticized the «dictatorial tic» of El País directed by Soledad Gallego-Díaz in his article this Sunday in El País Semanal. Marías has exploded because of an editorial of last October 18 about Carmena’s plan to turn Madrid into a cage.

The author ends by lamenting that El País, «defender of freedoms and democracy, slips such an expression, subscribes to it and makes it its own» because it seems to him, «a serious symptom, and proof, once again, that the winds of authoritarianism are too contagious». It is clear that Javier Marías has not read El País for some time. Or he does not know that his boss, Soledad Gallego-Díaz, is a personal friend of Manuela Carmena.

Columnists of el país

In other words, the narrator’s father and Sir Peter Wheeler, characters inspired by the novelist’s father, the philosopher Julián Marías, who died in December 2005, and Sir Peter Russell, a leading Oxford Hispanist, who died six months later, say the same thing. «Without their borrowed lives this book would not have existed,» the author states in the final note of thanks.

«A lot of ridiculous things are done today. That is why there is so much silliness everywhere. It is sad to witness an era of decadence, having known much more intelligent ones,» says the father of Jaime Deza, the novel’s protagonist.

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