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Javier Cercas

Weidenfeld Visiting Professor in European Comparative Literature 2014-2015
Javier Cercas

Javier Cercas, novelist and essayist, is one of Europe’s most distinguished contemporary writers.   His works, which have been translated into more than twenty languages, include the acclaimed, Solados de Salamina (Soldiers of Salamis, 2001), which was made into a film by David Trueba in 2003, La Velocidad de la Luz  (The Speed of Light, 2005),  Anatomia de un Instante (The Anatomy of a Moment, 2009) and  Las Leyes de la Frontera  (Outlaws, 2012).   He has won numerous literary awards, including the Independent’s  Foreign Fiction Prize, and  Spain’s National Narrative award.   He is currently a Professor of Spanish Literature at the University of Girona, and a columnist for El Pais.  His work, which is highly politically engaged, troubles the borders of history and fiction, as it explores the Spanish civil war, or the legacies of fascism.   In this sequence of lectures, Javier Cercas will reflect on the nature of the novel as a genre, including discussions of The Anatomy of a Moment, as well as works by Vargas Llosa, Cervantes, Melville, James and Kafka.  The final lecture will address the question of whether it makes sense to talk about intellectuals nowadays.