A Heart So White

A Heart So White
Front cover of A Heart So White by Javier Marías.jpg
First edition (Spanish)
AuthorJavier Marías
Original titleCorazón tan blanco
TranslatorMargaret Jull Costa
Cover artistHenri Gervex, Rolla - 1878
PublisherEditorial Anagrama S.A., Barcelona
Publication date
Published in English
1995 (The Harvill Press)
Media typePrint

A Heart So White by Javier Marías was first published in Spain in 1992 (original title Corazón tan blanco.) Margaret Jull Costa's English translation was first published by The Harvill Press in 1995. The book received the International Dublin Literary Award in 1997. An edition was published by Penguin Books in 2012, with an introduction by Jonathan Coe.[1]


The narrator, Juan, seeks to use his newly-wed wife, Luisa, to uncover the murky past of his father's previous marriages which include (aside from Juan's mother) two other women. The first of these women is unnamed and kept secret from Juan, while the second was the older sister of Juan's mother.


The New York Times wrote "Marías's challenging and seductive technique reaches its pinnacle in A Heart So White."[2] The Independent wrote that it "starts from a suicide to explore the secrets of two marriages with all the hypnotic, even sinister, beauty of his style"[3] BOMB magazine described it as "traditional" and "refreshingly un-American."[4] Marías and the translator Margaret Jull Costa were the joint winners of the International Dublin Literary Awards.[5]


  1. ^ Marías, Javier. "A Heart so White". www.penguin.co.uk. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  2. ^ "Stranger Than Fiction". movies2.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  3. ^ "A Heart So White, By Javier Marias". The Independent. 2012-08-11. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  4. ^ "Javier Marías's A Heart So White by Minna Proctor - BOMB Magazine". bombmagazine.org. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  5. ^ Battersby, Eileen (15 May 1997). "Spaniard awarded £100,000 Dublin literary prize". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2022-09-11.

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