Javier Marías: ‘I gave up on Karl Ove Knausgaard after 300 pages’

The author and translator on the guilty pleasure of rereading Ian Fleming, the power of Tristram Shandy – and his childhood love for Just William

The book I am currently reading
Per Olov Enquist’s The Chamber Doctor’s Visit (I don’t know the title in English; the Spanish one means that). It is set in 18th-century Denmark, and, as I had to travel there I thought it would be appropriate reading. Also a way to get acquainted with that Swedish author.

The book that changed my life
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne, as I translated it into Spanish when I was about 25. It took me two years.

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