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Berta Isla

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  • Berta Isla 
    Title: Berta Isla
    Author: MARIAS JAVIER
    Format: PAPERBACK
    Publication date: 15/10/2018
    Imprint: HAMISH HAMILTON
    Price: $33.00
    Publishing status: Active

    The latest novel by celebrated Spanish
    novelist Javier Marías will command
    your attention and refuse to let it go. The
    sinuous sentences snake around your mind
    and lodge there; the story is captivating.
    Berta Isla’s childhood sweetheart and then
    husband Tomàs Nevison is recruited into
    the secret service while he’s at Oxford and
    Berta is left alone in Madrid during his long
    absences. Through this stark scenario,
    Marías explores so much: loyalty, marriage,
    politics and – perhaps most of all – how
    individuals can shape or be shaped by the
    universe. Berta Isla is a spy novel without
    a typical spy plot and wears its literary
    references (especially to TS Eliot) lightly.


    For a while, she wasn't sure that her husband was her husband. Sometimes she thought he was, and sometimes not.'

    Berta and TomBs meet in Madrid and, though both young, they decide to spend their lives together. Eighteen and betrothed, TomBs leaves to study at Oxford. His talent for languages quickly catches the interest of a certain government agency, but TomBs resists their offers - until one day he makes a mistake that will affect the rest of his life, and that of his beloved Berta. After university he returns to marry her, knowing he won't be able to stay for long . . .

    Gripping and intricate, Berta Isla is about a relationship built on secrets and lies - and the equal forces of resentment and loyalty at its core.

    ISBN: 9780241343722
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